Yesterday evening members of the Danville Police Departments’ Special Investigations Division and Virginia State Police Task Force agents observed suspicious activity involving multiple persons. The group was in the 200 block of West James St. on the porch of an abandoned building. The officers also saw a violation of a public alcohol ordinance and approached the group. As they talked to the group they learned that one of them, a juvenile, had an outstanding detention order. He was taken into custody and searched incident to the arrest. He was found to be carrying a pistol which was determined to be a stolen firearm.
A female was checked and she was wanted by Campbell County . She had a concealed handgun and was arrested.
A second male was also carrying a stolen handgun and was arrested.
A third male was sitting on a stolen handgun. He was arrested and marijuana was seized from his person.
$531.00 in U.S. Currency was seized during the investigation.
The vacant residence had gang graffiti sprayed painted on the walls and a rifle was found inside along with boxes of ammunition in several calibers matching the weapons recovered from the suspects.
The investigation led to the service of two search warrants at nearby residences. During the searches a fourth stolen firearm was recovered. Suspected marijuana and cocaine was seized along with scales, and $479.00 in U.S. Currency. A surveillance system was placed in a manner to alert the occupants to law enforcement’s approach and was also seized. A fully loaded magazine fitting one of the weapons seized from a suspect at the abandoned house was found inside the residence.
Two people were arrested on drug and firearm charges at the first residence that was searched.
During the course of the investigation it was learned that the individuals were armed in anticipation of a gang related confrontation.
The initial observation stop led to the arrest of four people who were charged with six felonies and one misdemeanor:
- Possession of Stolen Firearm
- Possession of a Concealed Weapon Misdemeanor
- Possession of a Concealed Weapon 2nd offense Felony
- Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
- Possession of a Firearm while Possessing a Controlled Substance.
The search warrants led to the arrest of two people who were charged with five felonies:
- Possession with intent to Distribute Cocaine x 2
- Possession with intent to Distribute Marijuana
- Possession of a Stolen Firearm
- Possession of a Firearm by a convicted Felon.
- Additional charges are pending completion of laboratory analysis.