WASHINGTON — The mayor of the City of Fairfax and two other men have been arrested for distribution of methamphetamine.
Fairfax County police arrested Richard “Scott” Silverthorne, 50, of Fairfax, Aug. 4 at the at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tysons Corner.
Police said Silverthorne, who also is a substitute teacher for the Fairfax County Public Schools, provided methamphetamine to undercover detectives.
Police started an investigation into a meth operation in late July.
“A suspect was identified who was allegedly distributing methamphetamine through a website used to arrange for casual sexual encounters between men,” a news release said.
Police said an undercover detective made contact with Silverthorne after creating a profile on a website. The two then communicated via text messaging.
“During the course of communication, the suspect advised that he could provide methamphetamine for sexual encounters. Undercover detectives agreed to meet the suspect for a group sexual encounter in exchange for methamphetamine. The suspect arranged to bring methamphetamine along with other men to the engagement,” the release said.
Police said after Silverthorne provided methamphetamine to the undercover detectives, he was charged with felony distribution of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Following the arrest, police said they arrested Silverthorne’s alleged suppliers, Juan Jose Fernandez, 34, and Caustin Lee McLaughlin, 21, both of Maryland. Fernandez was charged with of felony distribution of methamphetamine, felony possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. McLaughlin was charged with felony distribution of methamphetamine, felony obstruction of justice, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police said they used a stun gun on McLaughlin during his arrest after he resisted.
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