Three-month sting busts parking lot’ drug business

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 22, 2003

A three-month undercover investigation has rounded up six suspects Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace described as members of “the young people who congregate in local parking lots.”

“These were individuals that had become involved in the distribution of drugs primarily to people they knew or to people that were associated with the group,” Pace said Tuesday.

“The undercover sales were made by a deputy sheriff working in an undercover capacity,” Pace said of the drug sales that involved predominantly powder cocaine but also included crystal methamphetamine.

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He said the undercover agent was needed to infiltrate the groups.

Pace declined to say where the arrests were made because the businesses owning the parking lots were not associated with gatherings after business hours.

“We arrested four individuals with sale of controlled substances and two others with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute,” Pace said.

The investigation began in October and the last arrest came Friday night, he said.

Those facing charges are:

Christopher Carter, 19, 1165 Warrenton Road, who was arrested Dec. 13 and charged with one count sale of cocaine and one count sale of crystal methamphetamine.

Ronald D. Braswell, 17, 1062 Newman Road, Edwards, Dec. 30, sale of cocaine.

Cory Culkin, 19, address unavailable, Jan. 17, sale of cocaine.

Dannie Claiborne, 27, 216 Alfred Drive, Dec. 12, possession of cocaine over one ounce with intent to distribute and probation violation.

Antonio Claiborne, 20, 216 Alfred Drive, Dec. 5, two counts of sale of cocaine.

Lawrence Young, Jr., 22, 104 Quinola Lane, Dec. 6, possession of cocaine over one ounce with intent to distribute.

All but Dannie Claiborne, who remained in the Warren County Jail for probation violation, was released on bond, Pace said.

He said the cases, investigated by Detectives Mike Traxler and Todd Dykes, are scheduled to be heard by the May term of the Warren County grand jury.