At least 65 firearms, over $560,000 in cash and narcotics valued at nearly $1 million on the street.
That was just part of what more than 100 local, state and federal law enforcement officers seized in recent weeks as they wrapped up an extended investigation into the selling of narcotics and guns in South Hampton Roads, according to a news release Friday from the office of the area’s top federal prosecutor.
Fourteen people have already been arrested as part an the investigation, dubbed Operation High Tide. And more arrests are likely, with the release indicating more than two dozen individuals throughout Hampton Roads had been identified as illegally selling firearms, fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and other narcotics.
Details on all of the cases are not available. Court documents for some of the defendants named in the release remained sealed Friday.
In the release, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia said operations like this one allow law enforcement to “remove from the streets those individuals who have allegedly committed serious offenses and put the safety of our communities in danger.”
“Armed criminals are the principal players involved in the deadly cycles of turf battles and gang conflicts that deprive our neighborhoods and families of the peace and security they deserve,” he added.
In addition to the guns, investigators recovered more than 7 kilograms of cocaine, nearly a kilogram of crack cocaine, more than 625 grams of heroin, more than 100 grams of fentanyl, 75 grams of acetyl fentanyl, 12 pounds of marijuana, 621 grams of hash oil, 24 grams of ecstasy and 120 grams of methamphetamine.
The operation was initiated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, but also involved the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Portsmouth Police Departments and the Virginia State Police.
The 14 defendants named in the release face a variety of charges, including the distribution of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana. Here are their names:
Brian D. Best, 34, Virginia Beach
Antisha Carrington, 25, Virginia Beach
Kawanta D. Epps, 40, Norfolk
Anthony L. Green, 48, Chesapeake
Corey L. Jones, 50, Portsmouth
Dominic D. Jones, 26, Portsmouth
Malcolm D. Jones, 45, Portsmouth
Shon E. Melton, 30, Portsmouth
Gary Norfleet, 52, Chesapeake
Jermaine Parker, 35, Chesapeake
Corey S. Reed, 38, Norfolk
Jameel M. Simmons, 37, Portsmouth
Jelami M. Smith, 43, Portsmouth
Robert Spruill, 39, Chesapeake