A Fairfax County grand jury last Monday, Sept. 18, indicted five people for crimes committed in the local area. The offenses ranged from sexual solicitation to drug dealing to robbery.
<bt>Indicted for distribution of cocaine was Alicia Q. Stefanopoulo, 62, of 13298 Leafcrest Lane, Apt. 202-A, in Chantilly's Shenandoah Crossing community. In an April 6, 2005 affidavit for a search warrant for her home, an undercover Fairfax County police detective presented details of the case against her.
He wrote that investigation revealed Stefanopoulo was allegedly selling cocaine here. He also stated that she reportedly sold one particular person almost 2 1/2 kilograms — with a street value of approximately $200,000.
According to the detective, he arranged for a controlled purchase of cocaine from her, April 6, 2005, outside a Chantilly grocery store. Afterward, he wrote, the kilogram purchased field-tested positive for cocaine.
Police charged Stefanopoulo the next day with distribution of cocaine. Since then, her case has moved slowly through the legal system. But now, the Chantilly woman is slated for a jury trial, Nov. 15, in Circuit Court.
<bt>Adam John Wirth, 18, of 3000 Virginia Dare Court in Chantilly's Brookside community, is accused of robbing a 7-Eleven store in Centreville. The crime occurred early on Feb. 15, at the 7-Eleven at 13830-I Lee Highway.
The victims, who were working at the store, told police a man entered the business, brandished a pistol at them and demanded money from the cash register. The robber then fled with the till and its contents.
Afterward, police K-9 officers tracked the robber from the scene, and store surveillance tapes further helped police develop Wirth as a suspect. On March 23, police charged Wirth with two counts of robbery and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
All the charges against him, except for one count of robbery, were later dropped. He is scheduled to enter a plea, Nov. 15, in Circuit Court.
<bt>In November 2005, a 20-year-old Centreville man was among 10 people arrested after an online, sexual-predator sting conducted by the Northern Virginia-D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. He is Vikram Jeet Singh Bajwa of 5905 Spruce Run Court in Little Rocky Run.
In a Nov. 7 search warrant for Bajwa's computer, State Police Special Agent Christopher J. McClure explained the case against him. He wrote that a Prince William County detective allegedly encountered Bajwa online, Oct. 28, 2005, while pretending to be a 14-year-old girl living in Woodbridge.
"The subject proposed sexual acts, believing that he was in conversation with a 14-year-old girl," wrote McClure. He alleged that Bajwa asked the "girl" if she would engage in oral sex with him. And he wrote that Bajwa invited the girl to view his web cam on which the Centreville man allegedly masturbated.
McClure executed the search warrant, Nov. 8, and Bajwa was charged that same day with using a communications system to facilitate certain offenses involving children. Following his indictment, he's slated to enter a plea, Nov. 8, in Circuit Court.
<sh>Jennings Cole II
<bt>Jennings Hobert Cole II, 36, of 14639 Stone Range Drive in Centreville's Sully Station community is accused of cocaine distribution. An undercover Fairfax County police detective detailed the case against him in a Sept. 14, 2005 affidavit for a warrant to search his home for drugs and paraphernalia.
The detective noted that, in August and September 2005, he allegedly purchased cocaine from Cole. The affidavit states that Cole reportedly told the detective that he could obtain a particular amount of cocaine for him, and Cole allegedly did so.
Police executed the search warrant Sept. 14, 2005 and seized baggies containing cocaine residue, plus drug paraphernalia, cash and various records and documents. The next day, they charged Cole with three counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
One of Cole's charges was later dropped, but he was indicted on the other two. He is scheduled to enter a plea, Oct. 16, in Circuit Court.
<bt>Faheem Ulghani Insari, 30, of 20881 Fowlers Mill Circle in Ashburn, stands accused of soliciting a minor for sex. Fairfax County Police Det. Heath Mckennedy explained the case against him in a Feb. 16 affidavit for a warrant for Insari's cell phone and personal organizer.
He wrote that, on Feb. 2, a person later reportedly identified as Insari contacted an undercover police officer while the officer was in an Internet chat room posing as a 14-year-old girl. Wrote Mckennedy: "After several minutes of Internet chat, the conversation began to have sexual overtones."
Then, stated the detective, during a subsequent cell-phone conversation between the two, Insari allegedly told the "teen" that he wanted her "to commit oral sodomy on him. A location in Centreville was then decided on for their meeting.
According to Mckennedy, Insari allegedly told the "girl" he'd arrive Feb. 2 in a maroon Nissan Maxima, around 6:15 p.m. Wrote the detective: "He further advised he would be wearing a hat and would have some condoms in his possession."
Instead, Insari was greeted by police and charged with use of a communications system to facilitate certain offenses involving children. He's slated to enter a plea, Oct. 11, in Circuit Court.