One of Wallace Thrasher’s planes crashed into the side of a mountain near Fancy Gap in Carroll County in 1984 killing its pilot and leaving behind 1,200 pounds of marijuana.
Ron Peterson, Jr., who last year penned “Under the Trestle” about the Gina Hall case, has now written a book titled “Chasing the Squirrel,” which examines the exploits of Wallace Thrasher, who is alleged to have made millions of dollars flying illegal drugs into the New River Valley in the late ’70’s and early ’80’s. Squirrel was Thrasher‘s nickname.
Police were hot on his trail in 1984 when Thrasher is said to have faked his own death in a Belize plane crash. His wife, Olga, became an informant for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), helping with the biggest drug bust in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Wallace “Wally” Thrasher was being investigated in the early ’80s for his role in smuggling drugs into Southwest Virginia. His story is the subject of a new book written by Ron Peterson, Jr.