Charlottesville Police Make Drugs and Weapons Bust

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

October 26, 2005

Charlottesville police make a major drugs and weapons bust inside one apartment complex on Ridge Street.

Police say it was all thanks to the help of the people who live in the neighborhood and knew something illegal was happening inside that home.

Charlottesville police say they got a lot of calls and complaints about an unusual amount of cars and people leaving a house on 632 Ridge Street.

So they stepped up an existing investigation into the people that live there and this morning they seized drugs and weapons from inside two apartments in the home and they arrested three men.

Ricky Figueroa, Keyontt Jackson and Lamont Chapman were all taken into custody.

"Over three thousand dollars in cash, three [grams] of crack cocaine, and two hand guns were seized from that property," said Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo.

Figueroa and Chapman face charges including selling drugs from the property on 632 Ridge Street, and possession of a firearm.

Residents say this is just one house in an otherwise good neighborhood.

"We have some very very good neighbors and I just don't think that you just sit by and don't think about your neighbors," said Eugene Williams, a resident on Ridge Street.

Williams was one of many neighbors who came forward and told police about the unusual amount of cars and people going to 632 Ridge Street.

"The cul-de-sac in front of [my house] on 620 Ridge Street has been used much like a parking lot or a depot for drug users," said Williams.

Williams says his isn't the only neighborhood facing these kinds of problems.

"It should become a concern of people wherever they may live--let it be in Greenbriar, let it be at the University--wherever; this is a citywide problem," said Williams.

"This particular community has said 'No. We're not going to tolerate this kind of behavior.' And there are communities throughout Charlottesville that have that same voice," said Chief Longo.

For people who might be afraid to come forward Williams has this advice.

"Never get scared of anything when you are doing the right thing," said Williams

Police say they have informed the owner of the home on 632 Ridge Street of what they found inside the apartments and that they arrested three of his tenants. They also say property owners bare some responsibility and should take notice of what's happening in and around their rental properties.

All three men arrested will appear in court Thursday morning for a bond hearing.

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