Undercover Operation Nets Drug Arrests

By: Lisa Ferrari Email
By: Lisa Ferrari Email

May 18,2007

Residents in the Fifeville area complained to police that drug dealers were selling openly on their streets. Police took action, and several people were arrested in an undercover operation last night.

Operation Paranoia was in full swing last night, targeting drug buyers. Within minutes, two men were arrested by officers posing as drug dealers.

Not long after those two were taken down, police locked on to another suspect, swarming in for the arrest after the man allegedly bought fake crack cocaine from an undercover officer.

“The JADE Task Force initiated an operation last night which resulted in the arrest of at least two persons that I know of for illegal drug activity, and these are the kinds of operations we'll continue to do in the city,” said Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo.

One of the men in the video was not charged, but Anthony Carr and Lamont Minor now face charges of attempting to possess crack cocaine. The charges are only of attempting to possess, because police don't use real drugs in undercover operations. Police say they let us film the undercover buy and busts to let drug buyers and dealers know they're not messing around.

“I think we need to send a message to everyone who has access to media outlets like yours that we are serious about combating the illegal sale of drugs in our community and there are going to be consequences to that type of behavior and I don't think we should be secretive about that,” said Longo.

Not only are police trying to destabilize the drug market out here, but they hope to prevent the violence that goes along with it, trying to make this neighborhood a little safer.

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