A spike in heroin overdoses in Central Virginia results in the arrest of two men police suspect of dealing drugs in Midlothian. Investigators say they found drug items and thousands of dollars in the home of Sean Heyward. Now he and Jamal Gethers both face charges. Investigators believe the two men were working as a team. Now, officers are focused to foil a growing crime.
Police say they found nearly $35,000 and drug paraphernalia at the Crowne Village Apartments in the Swift Creek area of Midlothian. That's where suspected heroin dealer Sean Heyward lives.
A neighbor who did not want to be identified says he never suspected Heyward may have been dealing.
"I never seen anything. He seemed like a normal guy…I saw him walk his dog and everything. I never seen anything suspicious," he said.
According to court documents, back in 2013, Heyward told police that he sold drugs to "support his habit".
Just one year prior - a judge found him guilty of felony drug possession. Now, police say he's at it again -- this time with the help of Jamal Gethers of New Jersey - making and selling heroin.
"It disrupts the lives of everybody," said Kristin Middleton who shops in the area.
She hates to see the crime moving to Midlothian.
"I have too many family members that are not recovering addicts, they're just addicts," Middleton said.
"The type of people you see here you don't think about that," Christina Velez added.
Just last week - Henrico police arrested 28 year old Glen McMillian after they say they found heroin in his west end home. Central Virginia drug experts say they're working to tackle a heroin epidemic.
"If police can get on to it, all the better. If people think they can get away with it, they're going to keep doing it," Chris Velez said.
This latest arrest - a sign police are cracking down.
"Drugs are everywhere," Middleton said.
Howard and Gethers told police they are unemployed and may need a court appointed attorney to help them fight these charges. Court documents show Jamal Gethers was released on a $10,000 bond - but must stay in Virginia as his case works through the courts. Both suspects are due in court in July.
Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.
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