Hopewell Police utilizing specialized team to tackle drug activity

The Tri-Cities

HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — Police in Hopewell are working to crack down on illegal drug activity in the city. 

Officers of a specialized team conducted five drug raids in a matter of three weeks, seizing more than $47,000 in cash and weapons.

Kamran Afzal, the city’s police chief, is approaching his fourth month in the job.

He says increased drug activity in the city is troubling.

“Even if you have one of those instances, it’s troubling because it means other people and the community itself is negatively affected by it,” Afzal said.

A home on Courthouse Road has been blocked off with crime tape since Hopewell Police raided the home two weeks ago. 

Officers arrested Jetori Fells-Tucker, who now faces drugs and weapons charges. 

Afzal says it could be the tip of the iceberg. 

“We recovered 27 weapons, I believe. a lot of cash, a lot of narcotics, and obviously we had a meth lab that was operating on our city street,” Afzal said.

Chief Afzal told 8News he’s bothered by the number of drug busts that have taken place in such a short time. 

“Even if you have one of those instances it’s troubling because it means that other people are..the community itself is negatively affected by it,” he said. “We’re not going to take a day off, we’re going to be 100 miles per hour when we’re working. And we’re always going to have a sense of urgency.”

Chief Afzal encourages residents to also be vigilant. 

“Don’t stand for disorder in your neighbor or your street,” he said. 

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