A Stafford County man is behind bars and charged with multiple methamphetamine offenses. But what has his neighbors in the White Oak area in an uproar is the digging going on in his property.
The sheriff's office brought in heavy equipment and started digging after executing a search warrant at the Belle Plains Road address over the weekend. They also brought in a search dog. That was when they arrested 58-year-old Dennis Paul Benzie, now being held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
But if the raid is over, and Benzie in jail on meth charges, what are they looking for? Police are not saying.
White Oak resident Stevanie Hughes told us, "At this point, I think the only possibilities are drugs or remains."
"We're kind of isolated back here, so we were really surprised to see the activity,” said resident Janine Hanson.
"There's a lot of speculation about eight dead bodies and that sort of thing being buried out there, but that's at least what's going around the high school,” said Jamie, who did not want us to use her last name.
But Stafford Sheriff’s Maj. David Decatur remains tight-lipped and would only confirm for us that no bodies have been found. He says the search operation was launched based on information gathered by detectives during the raid.
Benzie has a long record of charges for distributing meth. After the raid, five more charges were lodged against him, including possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs.
No one in an official capacity is telling us what they are looking for or even if it's connected to the arrest.