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Guns, drugs and vehicle seized in Topping bust

A routine police call in Topping turned into a marijuana bust, and the arrest of two men, including a suspected felon who was wanted in Northumberland on a felony gun charge, reported the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.

On Saturday afternoon, Jan. 10, the sheriff’s office responded to a call to assist a female homeowner in getting into her residence where her estranged boyfriend had been residing while she was out of the country.

The house is located in the 8700 block of General Puller Highway (Route 33) in Topping.

According to the sheriff’s office, at the homeowner’s request a locksmith assisted her in unlocking the door so she could get into her residence. After the locksmith gained access to the home, the Middlesex deputy entered to make sure the residence was safe for the homeowner. Upon entering the residence, the deputy smelled what he believed to be the odor of marijuana. As the deputy checked the residence he noticed several large bags containing what appeared to be marijuana and large amounts of cash. 

The sheriff’s office contacted members of the Tri-River Drug Task Force for assistance, who responded to secure the residence while a search warrant was obtained.

Prior to the arrival of the search warrant, the woman’s estranged boyfriend, Garon Dashon Moaney, 26, of Topping, drove up to the residence along with Brandon Lamar Ward, 24, of Saluda, who was a passenger in the vehicle.

Drug task-force agents charged Moaney with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Drug agents seized marijuana worth over $6,500, several thousand dollars in cash from the residence, and one of Moaney’s vehicles.

Ward was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and released on a summons. 

Moaney and Ward were each carrying a gun, but each man had a concealed weapon permit and was not charged, said the sheriff’s office. Moaney’s gun was seized, however.

Several other firearms were seized, under the authority of the search warrant, from two of Moaney’s vehicles.

While law enforcement officers were at the scene, two men arrived in a vehicle driven by a man with a suspended license, who also had a gun concealed weapon permit. The passenger, Russell E. Bromley II, 25, of Kilmarnock, was wanted in Northumberland County on a felony gun charge and was taken into custody.

Bromley and Moaney were transported to the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center in Saluda.

posted 01.15.2009

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