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Task Force seizes contraband and makes series of arrests

SoVaNow.com / January 09, 2014
On Thursday, Dec. 19, the Halifax Regional Narcotic and Gang Task Force conducted interdiction efforts in areas of the community where officers had received complaints of narcotic activity.

The efforts led to the seizure of approximately a half pound of suspected marijuana, approximately eight grams of suspected “crack” cocaine, and a .40 caliber pistol. The contraband was seized from two individuals in the Riverdale Hill area of South Boston.

Task Force members seized approximately a quarter pound of suspected marijuana and four firearms from Terrance Penn in the Four Oaks parking lot located on Seymour Drive.

One of the firearms was found on his person. The other contraband was concealed in a vehicle.

Kerson Laray Ballou was also arrested on December 19, 2013 on four outstanding indictments for distribution of marijuana. Ballou was arrested as he exited a store in Hupp’s Mill Plaza by Task Force members. Ballou had cocaine and scales on his person.

Steven Jermale Brown was also arrested on the same day on five outstanding indictments for distribution of marijuana. Brown turned himself in to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.

The Task Force is comprised of members from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, the South Boston Police Department and the Virginia State Police.







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Solving the marihuana problem is simple. Legalize it and tax it to death same as tobacco and alcohol. When the lucrative tax free income dries up, the street dealers will fade away. You would also have some control over quality and purity of it. And the state gets the tax money.

But as long as law enforcement, lawyers, and courts & jail employees are making a living off marihuana cases, we all know legalization will never happen.

The Seamster case from several years back convinced this middle-aged man legalization was the answer. Yeah, Neal Seamster was trash, but he was murdered (yes I said it) for simple possession of marihuana. That case also exposed an uncomfortably cozy relationship between the then-Commonwealth's Attorney and the county's drug task force.

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Got to agree with you there. Pot should be legal like beer/wine etc.
I always thought there was something fishy about that "officer shooting" I am glad that the state had to pay. Also about 15 years ago wasn't a guy caught on 58 with a bunch of pot and money and some disappeared before it got to trial?


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