Hopewell man identified as suspect in massive drug bust

Hopewell man identified as suspect in massive drug bust

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - The Hopewell S.W.A.T. team raided a home Wednesday morning and confiscated up to $50,000 in hard drugs, including heroin, crack, cocaine and marijuana.

Officers entered the home on the 2300 block of Norfolk Street at 6 a.m., arresting Kendale Winfield, 32, and confiscating the heavy load of drugs and paraphernalia.

Plastic bags were filled with heroin, cocaine, crack and marijuana. Detectives took three firearms - one stolen out of Chesterfield - two electronic weigh scales and more than $5,800 in cash.

"It's more than we would usually get from your average street-level dealer," said Sgt. Justin Cote, who supervises the Hope Police Department's Crime Suppression Unit.

Sgt. Cote says an anonymous tip from Crime Solvers led detectives to months of surveillance and ultimately a search warrant.

"It's the tips. It's the neighborhood watch groups. It's the complaints we get at 2 o'clock in the morning," continued Cote, who says the leads police get from neighbors are often paramount in cracking a case.

Several neighbors said they often saw unfamiliar cars parked in front of that house, as well as driving up and down the street.

"Speeding…which is unusual for this neighborhood, because it's pretty elderly," said neighbor Chance Sellers.

Sellers says he's relieved an arrest was made at the home which raised eyebrows in the community.

Winfield is being held pending at Riverside Regional Jail, pending his arraignment. He's charged with possession of a controlled substance schedule 1/2 with the intent to distribute (2nd offense), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of firearms with a dangerous drug, felony possession of ammunition, felony distribution of marijuana, and misdemeanor possession of controlled paraphernalia.

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