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Father, son face drug charges

A father and son are in jail facing charges after an undercover drug operation in Westmoreland County.

Undercover law enforcement officers met up with two men around 6 p.m. Sunday to make a drug transaction in the 200 block of Willow Tree Lane, said Westmoreland Sheriff C.O. Balderson.

After the transaction, authorities attempted to arrest the men, but they fled in a burgundy Ford F-150.

The pickup truck ran over some shrubbery and struck a security light pole before being stopped by police about six miles away in the Newland area of Richmond County, Balderson said. Both were then arrested without incident.

Leon Pratt Jr.

The driver, 43-year-old Leon N. Pratt Jr, of Fayetteville, N.C, is charged with felony distribution of cocaine-second or subsequent offense, distribution of marijuana, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, felony eluding, obstruction of justice, hit and run and damage to property worth more than $1,000.


Ahkeem Pratt

His son, 21-year-old Ahkeem D. Pratt of Fayetteville, N.C. is charged with distribution of cocaine, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Both are being held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail without bond.

Investigators seized an undisclosed amount of cash, narcotics and the pickup truck, Balderson said.

The undercover operation was handled by the Tri-County Drug Taskforce, which includes the Westmoreland, King George and Caroline sheriff’s offices, the Virginia State Police and the Naval Criminal Investigative Services. Westmoreland’s first k-9 deputy Zena and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office also assisted, Balderson said.

The case is still under investigation.