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Dozens nabbed in drug sweep of Halifax County

A total of 33 individuals were arrested on drug charges as of press time Tuesday evening as the Halifax/South Boston Regional Narcotics and Gang Task Force continued a “round-up” in the area.

According to Virginia State Police Special Agent R. B. George, coordinator of the Task Force, 16 others are still wanted on outstanding charges.

The task force’s efforts were the result of ongoing investigations that have been taking place over the past year, George said. 

A total of 49 individuals have been indicted with most of these subjects being targets of controlled narcotic purchases the task force conducted throughout the county, he added.

Of the 16 who were not arrested Tuesday, George said eight are currently not Halifax residents at this time.

“Task force members have been making efforts with surrounding jurisdictions to make sure these individuals are apprehended,” George added.

The 49 individuals are charged with 81 counts of distributing controlled substances, 24 counts of conspiring to distribute controlled substances, 16 counts of marijuana distribution, two counts of conspiring to distribute marijuana, one count of manufacturing marijuana, one count of possession of marijuana, four counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, one count of felonious possession of a sawed off shotgun, one count of possession of a firearm while distributing a controlled substance, four felony counts of child endangerment and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

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

The round-up operation was conducted by numerous law agencies including the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Department, Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Town of Halifax Police Department, Virginia State Police, Virginia ABC, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and the ATF.

Special Agent George expressed appreciation to all participants and their supporting agencies that participated in the round-up Tuesday. 

“Their work ethic, desire and dedication to their community made this operation an overwhelming success,” he concluded.