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Drug raid involving more than 100 officers nets 14 defendants in Northern Neck
|WESTMORELAND community guide|
BY FRANK DELANO
A regional force of 100 law-enforcement officers arrested more than a dozen people on drug and other charges yesterday in a dawn raid on four houses in Colonial Beach and Westmoreland County.
Separate squads of the Tri-County Drug Task Force simultaneously raided two houses in the town and two in the county.
At a house on Lossing Avenue, it took a team of about 10 police officers only seconds to batter open the front door, rush inside and seize a suspect, said Colonial Beach Town Councilman Stephen Kennedy, who witnessed the action.
“They done hit ’em,” Colonial Beach Police Chief Christopher Hawkins announced at 6:12 a.m. yesterday morning in a shopping center parking lot that served as the raid’s command post.
“All four secure,” a Virginia State Policeman reported two or three minutes later.
The trooper was part of a heavily armed tactical team in an armored car. A state police medical evacuation helicopter stood by at one end of the shopping center.
“I’m glad there were no confrontations and no one got hurt,” said Colonial Beach Town Councilman Burkett Lyburn.
Westmoreland Sheriff C.O. Balderson said the raid “was one of the biggest operations” of the regional task force.
The task force is composed of the state police, sheriff’s offices in Caroline, King George and Westmoreland counties, the Colonial Beach Police Department and its newest member, the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
The raid “was the result of agencies working together with no egos. It went perfect,” said Westmoreland Sheriff’s Maj. John Hoover.
“It was one of the best organized raids I’ve ever been on,” said Donald L. McBride, a special agent of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service for 23 years. Sixteen NCIS agents from the Washington Naval District participated, he said.
Two years ago, a raid led by the FBI netted eight alleged members of a Colonial Beach gang known as Pound Property. All were charged with conspiring to distribute crack cocaine.
The people arrested yesterday had no known connections to Pound Property, Police Chief Hawkins said.
Police brought the suspects captured in the raid to the shopping center, where they were transferred to a van of the Northern Neck Regional Jail. One suspect wore only shorts and a pair of flip-flops.
At 7:45 a.m., with two police cars in front and two behind, the prisoner van pulled out of the shopping center on its way to the jail in Warsaw.
Frank Delano: 804/333-3834
Arrested in raid
Taron Brooks, 23, Colonial Beach; felony distribution and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
Jason Brown, 22, Colonial Beach; misdemeanor distribution and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
Delante Crawley, 26, Kinsale; one count distribution crack cocaine.
Jennifer Dowler, 29, Colonial Beach; two counts distribution crack cocaine and prescription drugs.
Samuel "Bubbles" Graham, 39; felony distribution marijuana and distribution prescription drugs.
Conrad Kelley, 44, Oak Grove; two counts distribution crack cocaine.
Kevin Miles, 28, Colonial Beach; five counts distribution crack cocaine and prescription drugs.
Tirrell Morris, 23, King George; one count distribution crack cocaine.
William Plummer, 51, Hague; three counts distribution crack cocaine.
Galadreia Sharpe, 25, Leedstown; three counts distribution crack cocaine.
Cabot Sharpe, 22, Leedstown; three counts distribution crack cocaine, possession of marijuana and stolen goods.
William Smith, 59, Colonial Beach; one count distribution crack cocaine.
Tammy Snead, 41, Colonial Beach; three counts distribution controlled substance and one count conspiracy to distribute.
Shirley Williams, 65, Oldhams; one count distribution crack cocaine.