On Friday night, 10/29/2010, Police and the Emergency Response Team conducted a narcotics search warrant at 100 Providence Road. The residence had been under surveillance and officers were aware of the activity taking place there.
More than 200-people were in the residence when police entered and during the search, police found 22.2-grams of “crack” cocaine which included 59-individually packaged rocks of cocaine, 19.2-grams of marijuana, three tablets of “Ecstacy” and an undisclosed amount of cash. Also seized were three 9-millimeter handguns, a 357-revolver, a 308-rifle and an AK-47. At least four of the weapons had been reported stolen.
Alcohol Law Enforcement officials were brought in due to the abundance of liquor and beer located in the residence. In addition, the upstairs of the residence had been set up for the facilitation of prostitution.
The following subjects were arrested and charged with the following:
· James Dewan Goodman, 34, of 1210 Southwood Drive was charged with Possession With Intent to Sell and Distribute Marijuana, Possession of Cocaine, Manufacturing Cocaine, Maintaining a Dwelling, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Stolen Rifle.
· Wendell Thomas, 36, of 6332 Idyllic Lane was charged with Possession With Intent to Sell and Distribute Marijuana, Possession With Intent to Sell and Distribute Cocaine, Manufacturing Cocaine, Maintaining a Dwelling, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Stolen Rifle.
· Mario Mason, 23, of 2240 Oleander Drive was arrested on a warrant for Possession of Unfortified Wine on Unauthorized Premises.
· Carl Anthony Butler, 41, address unknown was cited for Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana.
Police Chief Tom Bergamine, an outspoken critic of quality- of-life crimes in the community, was excited about the operation. “To see this type of place targeted and taken out is a small victory for the citizens,” Chief Bergamine said. “The people who patronized this place now know that it’s on our radar and that we are watching. We encourage citizens with information on similar setups to contact us any time and offer whatever information they have that will assist us with bringing these types of places down.” According to Cumberland County Tax Records, the trustee for the property is Robertha Peyton Gibson of Englewood, New Jersey. Ms. Gibson was contacted by the Fayetteville Police Department and she was unaware of the activity taking place at the residence. She assured the Department that she would take the necessary action to remedy the problem.