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17 charged in tri-county drug sweep

SoVaNow.com / July 17, 2019
A drug sting operation across three counties has resulted in indictments against 17 suspects on drug and weapons charges and the seizure of methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, cocaine, pharmaceutical narcotics, and numerous firearms.

The investigation also led to charges of child neglect and distribution of drugs near a school.

Following coordinated raids at numerous residences on the morning of July 11, the Tri-County Drug and Gang Task Force arrested ten people, including two from Mecklenburg County, on 31 counts related to the possession and distribution of illegal drugs and possession of firearms.

The raids took place in Lunenburg, Charlotte, and Mecklenburg counties, according to Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller.

Those arrested are:

» Travis Wade Hamlett of Phenix

» Randolph S. Kube of Charlotte Court House

» Donald Wayne Toombs of Keysville

» Vern Allen Musante of Randolph

» Courtney Jones of Red House

» Carrie R. Hostetter of Red Oak

» John Vaughan of Victoria

» Robert Earl Dix of Keysville

» Jessie Ray Mullins of Buffalo Junction

» Lindsey Pettus of Chase City

They face charges of distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of cocaine, manufacture of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of firearms while in possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of heroin, possession of Schedule I or II substances, and child neglect.

Lunenburg County Sheriff Arthur Townsend commended the work of the county and state drug investigators, Charlotte and Lunenburg County deputies and assisting agencies involved in the investigation. Said Townsend, “It is this type of cooperation that helps to make our communities a safer place.” Charlotte County Sheriff Thomas Jones also praised the work of all involved in the investigation.

A representative of the Task Force added, “The investigation into the illegal distribution of narcotics in Charlotte and Lunenburg counties continues. It is with the communities’ support and the cooperation between law enforcement agencies like we saw today that we can effectively safeguard our counties.”

Seven suspects remain at large and the Task Force is asking the public to help with information as to the whereabouts of: Donald Carnell Bass of Red Oak, Timothy Wayne Dooley of Victoria, Chet Atkins of Keysville, Stacy Joan Coleman of Chesapeake, Charles Moore IV of Chesapeake, Jose Miguel Serrano of Kenbridge, and Steven Michael Serrano of Victoria.

Anyone with information about these seven individuals is encouraged to contact the Tri-County Drug and Gang Task Force through the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at (434) 542-5141 or the Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 696-4452.

The Tri-County Drug and Gang Task Force is made up of narcotics investigators with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Office, and the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Appomattox Field Office.

The Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Southside Drug and Gang Task Force, and the Halifax/South Boston Drug and Gang Task Force assisted with Thursday’s arrests.

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