April 10, 2006
Two accused drug dealers are off the streets tonight after a bust in Albemarle County.
The raid went down at the Red Carpet Inn off of Route 29 in Albemarle County around 4 p.m. Police got a tip from an informant that drugs were being sold out of one of the rooms.
The investigation began in room 420, where investigators got a tip that drugs were being sold in the room right next door.
"We were in our room and heard a commotion and me and my wife looked out the window and they had a guy spread eagle and the next thing I know, they were chasing some guy around back," said Gerald Staton.
Staton was sitting in his room at the Red Carpet Inn when authorities conducted a drug bust on two men who they say were selling crack cocaine.
"They brought a guy from back there and they had somebody else in this room. I don't know who he was or what he was doing but I know they said something about drugs," Staton said.
The Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force used a room right next to 421 to survey the two suspects. They then conducted a buy bust to draw the suspects in. Officers recovered 3.5 grams of crack cocaine and several baggies of marijuana. No one was injured in the bust. Staton says he has never seen anything like this at this hotel.
"This place is quiet. It's a good place. The people are nice. Everybody is a friendly type person...I have never had anything like this go on here," he said.
The two men arrested are two black males in their 20's, one from Charlottesville and the other from the Esmont area. They are being charged with one count of possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and one count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Both are being held at the regional jail.
Both men are expected to go before the magistrate within the next 24 hours.