Woman Jailed in Heroin Bust

WINNSBORO (Aug. 11, 2016) – A Winnsboro woman was arrested last week and charged with trafficking heroin as well as two other counts of possession of a controlled substance.

According to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, Linda Dover Silvia, 51, of Cedar Court Extension, was arrested during a traffic stop on Aug. 4 on the Highway 321 Bypass near Highway 213. Silvia was a passenger in the front seat of a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban being driven by Shanda Silvia.

Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery said a tip from a confidential informant alerted investigators that the Suburban was headed to Winnsboro from Blythewood and was transporting heroin. Investigators picked up the Suburban at approximately 7 p.m. on Highway 34 near Golf Course Road and followed the SUV until it neared Highway 213.

After making the stop, according to the incident report, an investigator approached the driver’s side of the Suburban and observed Linda Silvia working to conceal something in her purse and wallet. A passenger in the back seat, 47-year-old Tracey Elaine Moody of Forest Hills Drive, was found with an open container of beer, for which she was issued a citation.

After receiving consent to search the Suburban from Shanda Silvia, investigators reportedly found inside Linda Silvia’s purse a pill bottle containing 5 grams of heroin, as well as 19 hydrocodone pills and 47 Alprazolam (Xanax) pills. Also reportedly discovered inside Silvia’s purse were several used syringes. A glass smoking pipe was located inside the glove compartment of the vehicle, according to the report.

Moody and Shanda Silvia were released after investigators completed their search of the Suburban. Linda Silvia was transported to the Fairfield County Detention Center. She was released later the same day on a $20,000 bond.