Police net drugs, guns in bust

Published 8:11 am Friday, July 24, 2009

FRANKLIN—Police have arrested four men on drug charges following months of investigations.

Officers with the Meherrin Drug Task Force, the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office, the Franklin Police Department and the Virginia State Police coordinated to execute search warrants at four locations on Wednesday, seizing drugs and several weapons as well as the four men.

Police served a search warrant at 204 Bracey St. at about 9:45 a.m. and took 23-year-old Maurice Antone Joyner into custody without incident, city police spokesman Lt. Tim Whitt said.

“During a search of the residence, a significant amount of crack cocaine and marijuana were recovered along with a sawed-off shotgun and items used in the distribution of narcotics,” Whitt said.

Meanwhile, Southampton authorities nabbed 64-year-old Lawrence Everette of the 29000 block of Delaware Road in Franklin, 27-year-old Darrell Ricardo Gibson Jr. of the 25000 block of Oak Trail in Courtland, and 27-year-old Charles Donald Bain Jr. of Robertson Drive in Courtland, according to Southampton County Detective Cpl. Richard Morris.

“Several guns and a quantity of narcotics were recovered during the arrests,” Morris said.

The four men face several felony charges.

Joyner is charged with two counts of selling and distributing cocaine, and selling and distributing an imitation controlled substance. After his arrest, he was remanded to the Western Tidewater Regional Jail in Suffolk without bond.

Gibson is charged with two counts of selling and distributing cocaine, and Bain faces two charges of selling and distributing heroin.

The two men are being held in the Southampton County Jail, Gibson on $25,000 bond and Bain without bond.

Everette, who faces five charges of selling and distributing cocaine, posted a $5,000 surety bond.

Morris said additional charges against the four men are pending.