Fairfax City’s mayor appears cooked after a police investigation through a gay dating site exposed the public official’s felony-level meth distribution ring.
Mayor Richard “Scott” Silverthorne, 50, (top image, middle) was arrested after Fairfax County’s Organized Crime and Narcotics Division busted him in an investigation which started in late July.
According to NBC News, Silverthorne plan was foiled after police discovered an the meth ring being run through a website used to arrange casual sex between men.
Fairfax County Capt. Jack Hardin said at a news conference via NBC:
An undercover detective created a fake profile with information that police believed Silverthorne was looking for in terms of characteristics and activities he was interested in.
It worked, Hardin said. Silverthorne contacted the detective within two days, and then they began to communicate over texts, he added.
Police set up a drug-fueled romp between Silverthorne and a group of undercover detectives, and the mayor allegedly agreed to bring meth along with other men.
Hardin said Silverthorne first met the cops in the parking lot, and he told them he was waiting for his meth supplier, who was running late. Once he arrived, Silverthorne procured about 2 grams of meth, and then handed it to one of the undercover detectives.
That’s when he was arrested, Hardin said.
“He did not resist,” he added. “He provided a full confession on everything he did that night.”
The confession lead to the arrests of two other men, Juan Jose Fernandez and Caustin Lee McLaughlin, both Maryland residents.
“By all facts that we know in reference to this case, all parties were adults,” Fairxfax County Police Maj. Ed O’Carroll told NBC. “We have no knowledge that any underage individuals were involved.”
Methamphetamine, often called crystal meth or “T” as in “parTy,” is sometimes found in gay sex circles as it is known to heighten sexual experiences.