By Terry Harris
Last week, Investigator S. Holland of the Surry County Sheriff’s Office got several contraband items off the street when he initiated a traffic stop on Rolfe Highway while conducting surveillance in reference to possible drug activity.
“I saw a tag, ran it, and it did not come back as registered to the vehicle,” Holland related, adding that he had been receiving calls from citizens about the subject. “I radioed for a patrol officer, and Corporal Jefferson and Deputy Biggs came to assist. We made the stop and discovered both drugs and weapons in the vehicle.”
The search also yielded a digital scale, boxes of sandwich bags, cell phones, and US currency.
The driver, Drehiem Davis, 98 was found to be driving with a suspended license and operating a vehicle with improper tags and, in addition, was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana, concealment of 1 semi-automatic shotgun and 1 semi-automatic handgun. The passenger, Dianna Bailey, 95 was found in possession of and charged with 16 grams of crack cocaine and was found to be already wanted out of Hampton. Both were arrested and taken to Riverside Jail.
“This is a small, family-oriented community, and we are trying to keep it safe,” Holland said afterward. “There’s a lot of things going on in today’s society, and we’re trying to prevent and eliminate as much as possible before it gets worse in Surry County.”
Surry County Chief Deputy Larry Anthony, who came to the Sheriff’s Department in October from the Major Crimes Unit with the Petersburg Police Department added that, as part of that effort, he wants to remind citizens, “If you see something, say something. You can always call us at 757-294-5264 and remain anonymous. Remember, this is our county where we all live, and we want to keep it safe. That’s what we plan to do, and with your help it’s easier.”