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Police are seeking seven fugitive suspects in the drug and firearms operation in Mecklenburg, Charlotte and Lunenburg counties. Top row, from left: Charles Moore IV, Chet Atkins, Donald Carnell Bass, Jose Miguel Serrano. Bottom: Stacey Joan Coleman, Steven Michael Serrano and Timothy Wayne Dooley / July 12, 2019
A long-term investigation has resulted in the arrest of 10 individuals in the Southside Virginia region on approximately 31 drug and firearm charges.

The Tri-County Drug and Gang Task Force conducted the operation Thursday morning at residences across Lunenburg, Charlotte, and Mecklenburg counties. The task force is still searching for seven additional individuals also indicted as part of this investigation.

As a result of the extensive investigation by the Tri-County Drug and Gang Task Force, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, cocaine, pharmaceutical narcotics, and numerous firearms were seized. The investigation also led to charges of child neglect and distribution of drugs near a school.

The indictments against the 10 suspects who have been arrested include distribution of methamphetamine; distribution of cocaine; manufacture marijuana; possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute; possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute; possession of firearms while in possession of Schedule II narcotics; possession of heroin; possession of Schedule I or II substance; and child neglect.

Those arrested are:
Travis Wade Hamlett, Phenix, Charlotte Co.
Randolph S. Kube, Charlotte Court House, Charlotte Co.
Donald Wayne Toombs, Keysville, Charlotte Co.
Vern Allen Musante, Randolph, Charlotte Co.
William Courtney Jones, Red House, Charlotte Co.
Carrie R. Hostetter, Red Oak, Charlotte Co.
John Vaughan, Victoria, Lunenburg Co.
Robert Earl Dix, Keysville, Lunenburg Co.
Jessie Ray Mullins, Buffalo Junction, Mecklenburg Co.
Lindsey Pettus, Chase City, Mecklenburg Co.

Donald Carnell Bass, Red Oak
Timothy Wayne Dooley, Victoria
Chet Atkins, Keysville
Stacy Joan Coleman, Chesapeake
Charles Moore IV, Chesapeake
Jose Miguel Serrano, Kenbridge
Steven Michael Serrano, Victoria

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.

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

A representative from the task force stated, “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.”

Those with information about the seven individuals still wanted are 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.

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