More than two dozen charged in gang investigation

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A long-term investigation into a Portsmouth gang has resulted in 26 arrests on 150 charges.

Det. Misty Holley with the Portsmouth Police Department said the investigation surrounded the Gangster Disciples Criminal Street Gang and focused on the sale and distribution of drugs and firearms in the city. Indictments were approved March 6 and officials began rounding up the suspects.

Photos: Gang investigation leads to drug charges

During the arrests, Holley said more than 11 pounds of marijuana as well as a large amount of DMT/MDMA hallucinogens, prescription drugs, heroin, cocaine, “lollipops” containing THC and several firearms were seized.

An undercover detective, who asked not to be identified, said some suspects described the way the hallucinogenic drugs made them feel: “Some of the effects, the euphoria that people talked about, just being always nervous, on the look out. Some people even said, ‘At one point, it made me feel like I melted into the couch. I melted into the bed.”

The detective said the arrests send a message to the community that the city and police department will not tolerate drug and gang activity: “You look at all the children that may have overdosed or families that have been destroyed because of narcotics or weapons violations, so for me as a detective, I have a passion for trying to stop that.”

All of the following suspects were arrested by March 21:

  • Saul C. Bright, 27, of Portsmouth – five felony counts of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, two felony counts of conspiracy and one felony count of possession of a firearm with drugs.
  • James T. Hiltibran, 24, of Portsmouth – one felony count of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and one felony count of the sale of drugs on or near a school.
  • Wayman R. Jennings, Jr., 39, of Portsmouth – eight felony counts of possession/sale of a controlled substance and eight felony counts of the sale of drugs on or near a school.
  • Casey L. Meeks, 24, of Portsmouth – one felony count of receipt of a stolen firearm, one count of possession of a firearm by convicted felon, one felony count of Possession with the intent to distribute Marijuana and the sale of drugs on or near a school.
  • Stephen J. Morrison, 24, of Portsmouth – three felony counts of possession with the intent to distribute, two felony counts of the sale of drugs on or near a school, two felony counts of manufacture a controlled substance and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.
  • Charles M. Riggins III, 24, of Portsmouth – one felony count of possession of a controlled substance and one felony count of possession of a firearm with drugs.
  • Lamarr R. Smith, 29, of Portsmouth – 10 felony counts of possession/sale of a controlled substance and eight felony counts of the sale of drugs on or near a school.
  • Marcus J. Wilkins, 24, of Portsmouth – five felony counts of possession/sale of a controlled substance and five counts of the sale of drugs on or near a school.
  • Morgan L. Schepp, 28, of Portsmouth – two felony counts of possession/sale of a controlled substance and one felony count of the sale of drugs on or near a school.
  • Jason T. Whitlow, 21, of Suffolk – four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and one felony count of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.
  • Robert A. Saunders, Jr., 23, of Portsmouth – two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.
  • Darrell J. Ross, 27, of Portsmouth – two felony counts of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and one felony count of transporting a controlled substance into Virginia.
  • Branden L. Ratliff, 23, of Portsmouth – four felony counts of possession/sale of a controlled substance and three felony counts of the sale of drugs on or near a school.
  • Tyler C. Pittman, 21, of Portsmouth – two felony counts of possession/sale of a controlled substance and one felony count of the sale of drugs on or near a school.
  • Roxanne E. Pittman, 48, of Portsmouth – seven felony counts of possession/sale of a controlled substance and three felony counts of the sale of drugs on or near a school.
  • Wesley R. McCarty, 25, of Portsmouth – three felony count of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and one felony count of conspiracy.
  • Selita M. Kingsbur, 49, of Portsmouth – one felony count of possession/sale of a controlled substance.
  • Angela K. Jackson, 26, of Portsmouth – one felony count of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and one felony count of possession/sale of a controlled substance.
  • Adam T. Jackson, 23, of Portsmouth – three felony counts of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.
  • Joshua C. Howell, 19, of Portsmouth – two felony counts of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, two felony counts of possession/sale of a controlled substance and one felony count of the sale of drugs on or near a school.
  • Richard J. Hocutt, 26, of Portsmouth – three felony counts of possession/sale of a controlled substance and three felony counts of the sale of drugs on or near a school. Hocutt also had two outstanding warrants for contempt of court and failure to appear.
  • Johnnie L. Grant, 31, of Portsmouth – one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
  • Richard A. Congleton, 38, of Portsmouth – four felony counts of possession/sale of a controlled substance.
  • Stefan D. Clark, 25, of Portsmouth – two felony counts of possession/sale of a controlled substance and two felony counts of the sale of drugs on or near a school.
  • Joshua B. Brisson, 26, of Portsmouth – four felony counts of possession/sale of a controlled substance and two felony counts of the sale of drugs on or near a school.
  • Nicholas I. Bowman, 19, of Portsmouth – three felony counts of possession/sale of a controlled substance and two felony counts of the sale of drugs on or near a school.

Holley said the 26 suspects are either members or known associates of the gang, and gang participation charges could be pending for some of them.

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