Deputies raid suspected crack house in county
By Keith Strange Staff Reporter
FLAT ROCK — Two county men are behind bars under a six-figure bond, and four others are facing charges after county law enforcement executed a search warrant in the Flat Rock community Thursday afternoon.
Sheriff Graham Atkinson said the search warrant for 212 Gaylon Street in Mount Airy was the result of an ongoing investigation into the sale of crack cocaine in the county.
“The search was the result of several months of undercover investigation into the sale and distribution of crack cocaine from the residence,” he said. “During the investigation, undercover officers made numerous purchases of crack cocaine from individuals at the residence.”
Through the investigation, Atkinson said officers were able to identify four individuals selling from the residence, and arrest warrants were obtained for the suspects prior to the execution of the warrant.
“As officers approached the residence to execute the warrant, they encountered three individuals in the yard,” Atkinson said.
One of those individuals. Phillip Alexander Gwynn, 19, of Shuff Road in Westfield, was charged with two counts of the possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine and one count of the sale or delivery of cocaine. He is being held in the Surry County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.
A second suspect, Edward Shawn Harston Jr., 20, of the residence, was discovered inside the home, and was charged with four counts of the possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, four counts of the sale and delivery of cocaine and four counts of maintaining a drug house. He is being held in the Surry County Jail under a $150,000 secured bond.
“Once the interior and exterior of the scene was secure, officers conducted a search of the residence,” Atkinson said.
During the search, officers located a quantity of crack cocaine packaged for sale, one revolver and one semi-automatic handgun and one shotgun, drug paraphernalia, packaging materials and smoking devices, Atkinson said.
The search also yielded charges for four other individuals who Atkinson said were not targets of the original investigation but were at the scene at the time of the search.
• David McCary Simmons, 60, of the residence. Simmons was charged with the possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a drug dwelling and the possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held under a $10,000 secured bond.
• Rayshad Lamont Simmons, 17, of the residence. He was charged with the possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a drug dwelling and the possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held under a $10,000 secured bond.
• Anthony Fitzgerald Taylor, 49, of 114 Howard Street in Pilot Mountain. Taylor was charged with the possession of marijuana, maintaining a drug vehicle and the possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Keith Ramon Allen, 36, of 1255 N. Trade Street in Winston Salem. Allen was charged with the possession of marijuana, maintaining a drug vehicle and the possession of drug paraphernalia.
No information was available at press time related to Allen and Taylor’s bond.
Atkinson said he is pleased with the results of Thursday’s raid.
“This place has been a serious problem for the entire county, and especially for the residents of the community who have been forced to live with drug-dealing thugs while we conducted this investigation,” he said. “We appreciate their patience and support.”
The local department was assisted in the raid by the Mount Airy Police Department, the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Reach Keith Strange at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-1929.
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