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On Friday February 27th Colonial Beach Police and a Virginia State Police Swat team recovered drugs during a raid on a house in the 400 block of Bancroft Ave in Colonial Beach. The teams were assisted by the Westmoreland County Sheriff's office. Arrests are pending investigation.
This raid was the second this month. The previous week on Friday February 20th Colonial Beach Police department participated in a drug raid that netted the recovery of $2800 in Cocaine and between $500 and $600 in Marijuana. Several street weapons were also recovered in the operation as well as over $4000 in cash.
In his report to the Council at the February 26th regular meeting, Colonial Beach Police Chief Hawkins spoke of the “Drug roundup” saying, “Those 11, we ended up picking up another one a day later, were the last of big the targets that we wanted to get before the summer.”
Three of the suspects were residents of Colonial Beach but all of the suspects were linked to drug activity in Colonial Beach. “They were affecting multiple jurisdictions, that’s the beauty of the task force, places where we don’t have jurisdiction we can still reach out and touch them if they’re affecting us here,” Hawkins explained. Hawkins stated that 5 of the suspects are facing federal charges. “So they won’t be around here for a while.” He said.
The investigation, which started in August of last year with the task force, was mainly targeting cocaine distribution. Chief Hawkins said in a phone interview Monday they are starting court proceeding on asset forfeiture on seized property.
In other police news the department is pursuing money from the Stimulus plan for a “Cops Program” which is designed to fill vacancies currently held open by the economy. The program will pay three years salary plus benefits.
The Council approved the idea of applying for the funds to add two additional officers to the force.
Chief Hawkins has arranged for a mock inspection in preparation for accreditation, which could have an impact on lowering insurance and provide other benefits. One example is a greater chance for applying for grants since most applications ask if a department is accredited on the application. The test grades on 187 standards for police departments and personnel, covering policies, procedures and day to day operations.