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Caroline Pines man facing drug charges
An undercover drug investigation has led to several charges against a Ruther Glen man.
According to Sheriff Tony Lippa, Caroline County narcotics investigators and patrol units conducted surveillance on Friday of a man believed to be distributing cocaine in the area.
When the man drove into the parking lot of a restaurant in Carmel Church, investigators moved in to arrest him, but he sped off once he saw the lights and heard the sirens, Lippa said.
Investigators were able to block his exit and remove him from the vehicle and serve him with warrants, Lippa said.
Bennie Holloway, 22, is charged with three counts of distributing cocaine, one count of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, one count of possession of marijuana and one count of felony child neglect.
When Holloway was arrested, a three-year-old child was found unharmed in the rear of the car. The child was released to a family member, Lippa said.
Holloway had two baggies of what investigators believed to be cocaine in his hand when he was removed from the vehicle.
A search of the car revealed more than $2,000 in cash and a white powder substance believed to be cocaine with a street value of about $500. Investigators also seized the car, which was a Saturn sedan.
A search warrant was executed at Holloway’s home in the Caroline Pines subdivision, where investigators reported seizing several smoking devices, handgun ammunition and a green leaf substance believed to be marijuana.
Lippa said more charges against Holloway are expected.