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January 4, 2013

RPD rounds up 9 in narcotics trafficking bust

More arrests expected

RICHMOND — Narcotics investigations that occurred earlier in 2012 bore fruit Thursday when nine people were charged with trafficking pain pills in the community.

Eight of those people were arrested on the strength of indictment warrants, according to Richmond Police Department Chief Larry Brock. Last week, a Madison grand jury handed down 18 sealed indictments, and Brock said more arrests are expected in connection with the indictments.

Sealed indictments are usually not made public until arrests are made.

The following people were charged Thursday night:

• Reanell C. Caldwell, 36, East Irvine Street, two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Caldwell is accused of selling 10 oxycodone pills during an RPD Narcotics Unit investigation in May and June.

• Mackie R. Rhodus, 42, Smith Village, three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Twelve oxycodone pills were purchased from Rhodus during the investigation in June and July, according to Brock.

• Greg Farmer, 31, Four Mile Road, two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. The RPD Narcotics Unit reported that Farmer sold 18 oxycodone pills and 12 hydrocodone pills in June and July.

• David L. Moore, 24, Danielle Court, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Moore sold two and a half oxycodone pills and eight hydrocodone pills during the investigation in May and June, according to Brock.

• Kimberly D. Hellard, 37, Francis Street, two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. The RPD Narcotics Unit reported purchasing 10 oxycodone pills from Hellard in July.

• Shamika M. Flood, 33, Herndon Street, Berea, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Flood is accused of selling five oxycodone pills in July.

• Blake J. Chadwell, 27, Woods Trail, four counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Twenty oxycodone pills were purchased from Chadwell in May and July, according to Brock. A bench warrant for nonpayment of fines also was served on Chadwell.

• Anthony S. Harris, 29, Mallory Spring, Berea, two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Harris is accused of selling nine oxycodone pills in July during the narcotics investigation, according to Brock.

A ninth man was charged with drug trafficking Thursday during the arrests even though he was not listed in the sealed indictments.

Dustin L. Prather, 29, was in a home in the 1000 block of Caroline Drive when officers arrived to arrest Harris. Prather threw a cylinder out of a window, according to the RPD.

The cylinder contained 36 oxycodone pills and 1.5 alprazolam pills, according to Brock. The officers also found $6,093 in the residence.

Prather and Harris received additional charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree possession of a controlled substance. Prather also was charged with tampering with physical evidence.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.

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