VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – All kinds of employers have business cards, and apparently that’s true for even a drug operation.
Virginia Beach police say a laminated card for the “Chronic Factory” led them to William Peters. The business card said “No Shortcuts, No Excuses” and assured customers the marijuana was always grown carefully, police said.
Peter’s neighbors told 10 On Your Side investigators moved carefully for weeks to shut the operation down. Several residents on Rica Drive — who didn’t want to be identified — said there’s been plenty of commotion in the middle of the night.
“I got woken up at 2 a.m. in the morning to a bunch of car doors slamming,” said one man. “I looked out the window and I seen probably 10 to 15 police officers standing right outside. We had an undercover cop that was right here in the driveway for two to three days before.”
Court documents detail how officers ended up there: Click here to read the documents.
On March 25, officers made contact with a suspect in an unrelated case who had a business card on him for the “Chronic Factory,” run by William Peters. His address was listed so customers could easily find their way to his door, the documents stated.
On May 21, officers conducted surveillance at the house and saw vehicles coming and going, including one possible drug deal go down at the front door. They came back on May 28, trash day, and recovered bags and pill bottles with green plant residue inside Peters’ can. The residue later tested positive for marijuana, and a bag and pill bottles with a white crystal substance were labeled amphetamine salts, court documents say.
The next day, investigators were back again, and this time when they stopped and searched a vehicle leaving Peter’s home they picked up the rest of the evidence they needed to move in. On May 30, documents reveal smoking devices, plastic bags, a metal grinder, an EZ Grow kit, and more of Mr. Peters’ business cards were carted out of his residence.
“Makes me feel like I can’t allow my kids to go outside and be themselves,” said one resident. “I mean you can only imagine how some of the other parents around here feel, too.”
Peters was released on a summons and at home on Monday when WAVY.com stopped by. When we asked him if he had anything to say, he declined to comment.