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Caroline bust leads to pot house in Spotsy subdivision
A drug investigation that started in Caroline County has led to three arrests and the discovery of a marijuana growing operation in a Spotsylvania County subdivision.
Early Wednesday morning, a search warrant was executed in Ruther Glen at the home of William Leroy lane, Jr., said Caroline Sheriff Tony Lippa
At the same time, Lippa said search warrants were being executed at four other locations in Spotslvania, Essex and King and Queen counties and the Town of Ashland.
These five search warrants resulted in Lane’s arrest and the seizure of two handguns, one shotgun, nine plant stalks believed to be marijuana, packaging containers with what is believed to be marijuana and thousands of dollars worth of marijuana growing equipment, Lippa said.
Following the initial wave of search warrants, Caroline and Spotsylvania narcotics investigators with assistance from the Virginia State Police executed a search warrant at a residence in the Ashleigh Park subdivision in Spotsylvania, which was linked to Lane.
At that home, investigators found marijuana plants being cultivated in the home, $15,000 worth of packaged marijuana, $1,000 worth of suspected cocaine and $300 worth of pills believed to be ecstacy, Lippa said.
A further search of the home found counterfeit money, a silenced MAC-10 sub-machine gun and two handguns, he said.
The occupants of the home, Deron Purce, 34, and Craig Turner, 28 , both of Westmoreland County, were arrested.
Purce was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possessing ecstacy with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm while in the possession of drugs and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
Turner is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
They are both being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
Lane, 29, is charged with three counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held without bond at Pamunkey Regional Jail.
This bust was a part of Operation Impact, a two-year effort by the Caroline County Sheriff’s office to get drug dealers off of the street, has led to the arrests of more than 25 people.
“Operation Impact is not over and more arrests will follow,” Lippa said.
This case was a joint effort that involved various law enforcement agencies, which include the Caroline, Spotsylvania, King George and Westmoreland sheriff’s offices, the Tappahannock and Colonial Beach police departments, the Virginia State Police and the Drug Enforcement Agency.