5 arrested following drug operation in Portsmouth


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Five people were arrested and drugs were recovered during a police special operation in Portsmouth in late June.

The operation was conducted by Portsmouth PD’s Special Investigation Division on June 30 at the Prentis Park area. Police say they conducted a search warrant at a home in the 1700 block of Lasalle Avenue frequently used to distribute narcotics.

Following the operation, police arrested 5 people on drug and firearm-related charges. Police also recovered approximately 47.5 grams of Fentanyl, 2.2 grams of crack cocaine, several grams of marijuana, two firearms, $1,206 in cash, and other drug paraphernalia.

The people arrested include:

  • Thomas Starks Jr. – Charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and fentanyl, two counts of firearm by felon, and Firearm with drugs
  • Marcus Starks – Charged with possession with intent to iistribute cocaine
  • Jamal Brown Sr. – Charged with firearm by felon
  • Sherree Bailey – Charged with failure to appear
  • Sonya Clements – Charged with failure to appear, two counts of revocation

Those with information should call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or submit a tip using the P3 Tips app on their Apple or Android device or at www.p3Tips.com.

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