Police respond to ‘suspicious activity’ in Hopewell alley, arrest 2 on drug charges


HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — Two people are facing drug charges after Hopewell Police found them in possession of large amounts of narcotics in an alleyway Friday morning.

Police were called to the 200 block of S. 14th Street art around 10 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, for reports of suspicious activity taking place in an alleyway.

When officers arrived, they found a parked vehicle whose two occupants fled on foot. Officers gave chase and captured one suspect a short distance away. The second was taken into custody after fleeing into a nearby residence. 

Police seized approximately 19 grams of marijuana and 13 grams of suspected heroin and cocaine, along with narcotics distribution paraphernalia.

Both suspects — 21-year-old Malik Gholson of Hopewell and 22-year-old Raequan Everette of Prince George County — were arrested and charged with intent to distribute a Schedule I/II controlled substance. Everette was also charged with possession of marijuana. 

“The arrests of these two individuals is a direct result of the collaborative partnerships that continue to be built within this community, a call from a concerned and alert citizen and the rapid response from our officers”, said Captain Mike Whittington, Commander of the Patrol Services Division.

“The Hopewell Police Department wishes to remind its citizens to immediately contact and report any suspicious activity they observe. Additionally, those having information on any unsolved crime or fugitive wanted by the City of Hopewell can contact the Hopewell Prince George Crimesolvers hotline in Hopewell at (804) 541-2202 or submit your tip anonymously using the P3tips app.”

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