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Two charged after drug bust
By PORTSIA SMITH
An undercover drug operation led to the arrests of two Caroline County men and the seizure of drugs, guns and cash.
Caroline Sheriff Tony Lippa said three simultaneous drug-related search warrants were issued Friday as part of the one and a half year operation.
The Caroline Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team executed one of the search warrants at a home in the Caroline Pines subdivision early Friday morning. As a result, Lippa said investigators seized approximately $500 street value worth of what is believed to be cocaine, $1,000 street value of what is believed to be marijuana and more than $2,000 in cash.
Kevin Darnell Brown, 36, of Ruther Glen was arrested during the search and charged with distributing cocaine.
At that same time, the Virginia State Police tactical team executed a search warrant at a home on Ladysmith Road.
During that search, investigators seized what is believed to be cocaine manufacturing equipment, several firearms including a Tec-9 submachine gun, more than $2,000 in cash and approximately $200 street value worth of what is believed to be marijuana, Lippa said.
During that search, 39-year-old Norman Hergie “Snoop” Parker of Ruther Glen was arrested and charged with possessing cocaine and possessing cocaine while possessing a firearm. Parker was the owner of the former Snoop’s Auto Care that was along U.S. 1 in Ruther Glen near Cool Water Drive.
The King George County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team executed the third search warrant at a home on Sunshine School Road in Ruther Glen. Investigators seized what is believed to be cocaine and/or heroin manufacturing equipment and a laptop computer. No one was arrested during that search, Lippa said.
The Westmoreland and Spotsylvania county sheriff’s offices also assisted with the search warrants, Lippa said.