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Waynesboro man arrested on methamphetamine trafficking charges

Shane Eldridge HammerAs a result of a multi-jurisdiction narcotics investigation, 45-year-old Waynesboro resident Shane Eldridge Hammer has been charged with conspiracy to transport narcotics and conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of methamphetamine.

The charges carry sentences that range from 20 years to life in prison, with a 20-year minimum mandatory sentence associated with the latter charge.

Hammer was taken into custody after law enforcement recovered over two and a half pounds of methamphetamine during the investigation.  The street value of the recovered drugs is estimated at over $110,000.

Hammer is currently being held without bond at the Middle River Regional Jail.

The joint operation was conducted by the Waynesboro Police Special Operations Division, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, the Waynesboro Sheriff’s Office and the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force (JADE). The JADE Task Force is comprised of the Virginia State Police and the Albemarle County Police Department.