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Richmond Police make major drug bust

MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond Police are opening up about a major crime operation underway along the busy Midlothian corridor.

"Don't bring your dirty work to Richmond," said Officer Benjamin Frazer.

The team is fresh off a major bust. They went to a motel along Midlothian Turnpike in response to a robbery call and ended up snagging cash, drugs, pills weapons, and more.

"This is definitely one of the largest seizures I've seen," said Officer Frazer.

Officers made the bust along the 6500 block of Midlothian Turnpike. It is part of a larger crime reduction initiative along much of the Midlothian corridor. They are targeting motels along the Turnpike. So far phones, more than $110,000 in cash, and 69 grams of cocaine has been seized.

"Anybody that was willing to lend a hand gave a hand, and we actually had a significant deduction in crime in that area," said Sgt. Anthony Papaleo.

47-year-old Robert Getfield is now behind bars charged with possession with the intent to distribute.

"It is going to make the people who are doing this kind of thing change their tactics," said Officer Duane Osbourne.

The street enforcement unit hopes to be ready as they mine the seized items for possible clues leading to other dealers.

"What it will do is slow or stop one or two of the main suppliers or dealers in that location," said Sgt. Anthony Papaleo.

So far, the initiative has snagged the following results: 69 summonses issued, 27 misdemeanor arrests made, and 12 felony arrests made. They also seized 63 grams of crack cocaine, 1.5 pounds of marijuana, 2 pistols, pills, and more than $110,000 in cash.

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