Two Men Charged For Illegal Iron Possession | Crime
The following information was sent to us by the Stafford County Sherrif's Office:
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of William Williams III, age 24, of 141 MacGregor Ridge Road, Stafford and Timothy Hackett, age 37, of 72 Red Oak Lane, Hague, Virginia. Both men have been charged with 1 Count of Possession of Pig Iron, while acting as agents of Northern Virginia Metal Recyclers. The possession, sale or purchase of pig iron is a Class 6 Felony.
On Monday, March 19, 2012 an undercover detective from the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office went to Northern Virginia Metal Recyclers at 32 Eskimo Hill Road and sold pig iron to William Williams and Timothy Hackett as part of an ongoing undercover sting operation. As soon as the illegal sale was completed, detectives from the Sheriff’s Office responded to NOVA Metal Recyclers, where the two men were arrested and a search warrant was executed. All recycler businesses in the State of Virginia are aware of the law that prohibits the sale, purchase or possession of pig iron. Pig iron is a type of iron used by the railroads on all railroad tracks. Stafford Detective Ed McCullough, with assistance from Stafford Detective Barry Surles and Property/Pawn Specialist Billy Edmond initiated an investigation several months ago involving NOVA Metal Recyclers after receiving information that the recycler may be involved in the purchase of illegal metals.
“With the down turn in the economy we have noticed an increase in the selling and buying of illegal metals,” states Sheriff Charles Jett. “Metal recycling businesses have a responsibility to abide by the law and it is an expectation that they do so.”
On more than one occasion undercover detectives have made sales of illegal metals to employees of NOVA Metal Recyclers. As a result, this is an ongoing investigation and additional charges against other individuals are possible.