Police: More than 200 people found in crack house

James Dewan Goodman, Wendell Thomas, and Mario Mason (Images courtesy Fayetteville Police Department)

November 1, 2010 1:49:39 PM PDT
Police say they raided what they call a crack house with more than 200 people inside.

Police and the Fayetteville Emergency Response Team served a narcotics search warrant at 100 Providence Road Friday night.

Inside the house, officers say they found 22.2 grams of crack cocaine, 19.2 grams of marijuana, three tablets of Ecstasy and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Also seized were three 9mm handguns, a .357 revolver, a .308 rifle and an AK-47 assault rifle. At least four of the weapons had been reported stolen.

Investigators say the upstairs of the residence had been set up for prostitution.

Now, James Dewan Goodman, 34, of 1210 Southwood Drive is charged with possession with intent to sell and distribute marijuana, possession of cocaine, manufacturing cocaine, maintaining a dwelling, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of stolen rifle.

Wendell Thomas, 36, of 6332 Idyllic Lane is charged with possession with intent to sell and distribute marijuana, possession with intent to sell and distribute cocaine, manufacturing cocaine, maintaining a dwelling, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of stolen rifle.

Mario Mason, 23, of 2240 Oleander Drive was arrested on a warrant for possession of unfortified wine on unauthorized premises.

"To see this type of place targeted and taken out is a small victory for the citizens," offered Police Chief Tom Bergamine.

Police have contacted the owner of the property who lives out of state. She was unaware of the activity at the property.

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