Devin Joseph Frink was sentenced in Rappahannock County Circuit Court on May 22 to four years in the state penitentiary for distribution of oxycodone, a controlled narcotic. Frink, along with his twin brother Derek Rafael Frink, Tamara Estes and Kathy Ann Vest, were each originally indicted in September on a single count each of distributing heroin in the county. Additionally, the Frinks — both 19, of Amissville — and Vest, their mother, were indicted on two counts each of distributing oxycodone.
According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff, Page County sheriff’s deputies and the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force assisted his office in the case. A confidential informant provided with a transmitter and a recording device met with Devin Frink on Nov. 4, 2013 and Feb. 18, 2014, in Amissville. The informant purchased four dosage units of a substance that was taken in evidence and later confirmed by task force agents to be oxycodone.
Before sentencing, Judge Jeffrey W. Parker said that he took Devin Frink’s age into consideration. “Youth is on your side, Mr. Frink. Otherwise I’m tempted to give you even more time [in the penitentiary].” Parker imposed two 10-year sentences and suspended all but four years, ordered three years of supervised probation after Frink is released, and suspended Frink’s driver’s license for six months.
Goff praised the Page County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police-sponsored drug task force for their help. “I applaud the efforts of investigators Ronald McClellan and Jonathan Long and Sgt. Jeremy Keyser for spending long hours on very cold nights to bring this family of drug dealers (Vest and the Frinks) to justice.”
Vest was sentenced in March to 10 years in the penitentiary with eight years and eight months suspended, and three years of supervised probation. Tamara Estes of Washington pleaded guilty in April to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. She was sentenced to six months in jail, all suspended, a $500 fine with $400 suspended and six months of supervised probation.
Derek Frink is expected to be sentenced June 19.