, 2015

Two members of Richmond gang
charged with dealing cocaine here

by Audrey Thomasson

KIMARNOCK—Two men are charged with felony possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, felony distribution of cocaine and felony possession of cocaine while in possession of a loaded gun after being apprehended in a sting operation in the Walmart parking lot last week.

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According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department investigator Joanie Kent, the incident occurred at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, when Linwood Maurice Neal Jr., 24, of Highland Springs drove a dark gray Dodge Charger to the parking lot with Michael Angelo Bowman, 25, of Richmond.

Kent reports Bowman sold an ounce of cocaine to an undercover officer. When teams of officers moved in to apprehend them, the suspects, who were still in their vehicle, attempted to outrun law enforcement.

“Both the entrance and exit had been blocked so they were unable to make it out to Route 3,” Kent said, resulting in a high-speed chase around the parking lot. “During the chase, the suspect’s car hit curbing causing two of the tires to deflate.”

Cornered, Bowman and Neal were apprehended by deputies without further incident.

Deputies recovered another half-ounce of cocaine, a loaded 40-caliber handgun, cash and items indicating a possible gang affiliation from the suspects. The driver, Neal, was also charged with eluding police, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.

They were transported to the Lancaster County jail where they are currently being held without bond. The suspects were arraigned in Lancaster Juvenile and Domestic Court on Tuesday.

Lead investigators Kent and Mark Taylor of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office were assisted by Lancaster sheriff’s deputies, Richmond County deputies and investigator Aaron Conkle and the special response team, Major Chris Allen and a tactical support unit from Haynesville Department of Corrections, Virginia State troopers and the Kilmarnock Police Department.

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