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BUSTED: Task Force rounds up 33 suspects, seeking 17 others

South Boston News / July 03, 2014
The Halifax Regional Narcotic and Gang Task Force on Tuesday arrested 33 people in a long-planned roundup of alleged drug suspects. The arrests come on the heels of 49 grand jury indictments.

The round-up was the result of a year-long investigation into local drug trafficking, with most of the suspects the targets of drug purchasing stings conducted by members of the Task Force throughout Halifax County.

Arrested were Melissa Ayres, Kenneth Bettis, Rodney Bowman, Dustin Boyd, John Edward Claiborne, Cathy Clark, Coleman Spencer, Amanda Conner, Richard Culley, Deshawndre Dunkley, Jaurice Ferrell, Robert Graves, Gregory Hamlett, Bryant Henderson, Robert Jackson, Kelcy Kirby, Jason McKinney, Antwaan Miller, Joshua Newcomb, Ronnie Palmer, Jennifer Rodriguez, Latroy Saunders, Jimmie Snead, April Tucker, Quentin Tucker, Robert Wilborn, Harry Womack, Travis Womack and Fabian Wright.

Others arrested, but not pictured at right, are Elbryan Davis, James Davis, Kenneth Hammock, Jimmie Snead and Cynthia Womack.

A collective 81 charges have been lodged against the individuals who were indicted, mostly for distribution of controlled substances. Another 24 charges were lodged for conspiring to distribute controlled substances.

Other charges include:

16 counts of distribution of marijuana

two for conspiring to distribute marijuana

one of manufacturing marijuana

one for possession of marijuana

four for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

one for possession of ammunition by a convicted felon

one for felonious possession of a sawed-off shotgun,

one for possession of a firearm while distributing a controlled substance

four for felony child endangerment

one for possession of a controlled substance.

Of the remaining 17 suspects still at large, eight are not currently Halifax County residents. Task Force members are making efforts with neighboring departments to locate them.

The Task Force, which is made up of officers from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department, the South Boston Police Department and the Virginia State Police, was assisted by the Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, the Halifax Town Police Office, the Virginia ABC board, the AFT board and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.

Special Task Force Agent R. B. “Jay” George expressed appreciation to all participants and their supporting agencies whose work ethic, desire and dedication to the community made this operation an overwhelming success, he said.

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Simple solution to ending the war on some of these drugs- legalise them and then tax hell out of them same as alcohol and tobacco. The black market value will plummet, the dealers go out of business, the guvmink gets tax money. What's not to love?

Oh, 'scuse- that would put a lot of LE, lawyers, and courts & jail employees out of a job too.

Yeah, stay after crack and opiate dealers and throw everything you have at them, but pot arrests are, quite simply, ridiculous.

I have to remember the Danville City cop who said pointedly that he wanted every young person to have a police record- and a simple possession arrest can give them that record and keep a bullseye on their backs their whole lives.


How petty can this county get. Go after real criminals instead of the little fish. Would it involve more influential people around here? War on a little plant how sick.


This newspaper has sunk to an all time low. This is not news this is just mean. Why do people want to see this when most people care less who smokes the stuff.

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