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Tri-County task force raids six homes in Westmoreland, arrests seven people.
BY FRANK DELANO
Seven Westmoreland County residents were arrested early today in simultaneous drug raids at six houses throughout the county.
Most of those arrested had been indicted by a regional grand jury on felony and misdemeanor charges involving crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs, said Westmoreland Sheriff C.O. Balderson.
“There will definitely be more charges and arrests,” Balderson said.
“My message to drug dealers has been, is and continues to be, ‘If you conduct your business in Westmoreland County, you will be caught and prosecuted,’” Commonwealth’s Attorney Dean J. Atkins said.
According to authorities, the defendants, their ages, addresses and charges are:
Louis Asbury Brown, 50, 1434 Zion Church Road, Hague, three felony indictments for distribution of crack cocaine.
Derrick Steven Mullins, 31, 3031 Mount Holly Road, Montross, two felony indictments for marijuana distribution.
Gregory Wayne Baker Jr., 23, 3735 Leedstown Road, Colonial Beach, felony distribution of crack cocaine.
Michael Douglas Olson, 18, 333 Seventh St., Colonial Beach, one felony and one misdemeanor indictment for distribution of marijuana.
Samantha Jo Perry, 24, 214 Third St., Colonial Beach, felony distribution of Oxycontin and felony child neglect for selling drugs in the presence of a child.
Brian David Geronimo, 21, 324 Johnson Lane, Kinsale, misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Brandon A. Smith, 21, 1446 Zion Church Road, Hague, failure to appear in King and Queen County.
Balderson said drugs, paraphernalia and cash were found in searches at three of the residences. The defendants are scheduled to appear tomorrow in Westmoreland Circuit Court, he said.
Balderson said the raid was carried out by members of the Tri-County Drug Force, including Sheriffs Offices of Westmoreland, King George and Caroline counties, the Colonial Beach Police Department, Virginia State Police, FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigation Service. Officers of the Northern Neck Regional Jail and a helicopter from the Virginia National Guard aviation unit also participated in the raid, Balderson said.