Narcotics investigation leads to 19 arrests in Norfolk; 2 still wanted

Left to Right: Needham Wilder and Timothy Pope. (Credit: Norfolk Police Department).

UPDATE (March 9): Police say 50-year-old Needham Wilder was arrested Friday. Timothy Pope, 35, is still wanted.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk police say an eight-month narcotics investigation led to the arrests of 19 people.

Police say the investigation began last summer, and led to the recovery of 11 ounces of heroin, 3 pounds of cocaine, 3 pounds of marijuana, 24 ecstasy pills and 9 grams of methamphetamines. The drugs recovered had a total value of $190,000.

In addition, police say officers seized 12 firearms and more than $85,000.

“It’s community members coming forward, its information coming forward from community resource officers from civic league meetings,” said Norfolk Police Cpl. Will Pickering.

A total of 44 suspects were charged during the investigation, five of whom face federal charges. On Thursday, police released a list of the people arrested.

Police say two people are still wanted — 50-year-old Needham Wilder, for distribution of controlled substance, and 35-year-old Timothy Pope, for distribution of marijuana.

“In taking 44 individuals off the streets it’s going to help us,” Pickering said. “Especially in the summer months in protecting our citizens and making sure they live as peacefully as possible.”

12 of the suspects charged were involved in gang activity, according to police.

If you recognize these men, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.