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Police find 200 people in Fayetteville crack house

Posted November 1, 2010

— Police found more than 200 people inside a Fayetteville home late Friday when officers conducted a narcotics search and arrested four people.

Officers seized more than 22 grams of crack cocaine during the search, including 59 individually wrapped rocks of crack. They also found marijuana, Ecstasy, three 9-millimeter handguns, a .357-caliber revolver, a rifle, an AK-47 assault rifle and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. At least four of the weapons had been reported stolen.

The upstairs of the home, at 100 Providence Road, had been set up as a brothel, police said.

“To see this type of place targeted and taken out is a small victory for the citizens,” Police Chief Tom Bergamine said in a statement. “The people who patronized this place now know that it’s on our radar and that we are watching."

Police said they have contacted the New Jersey woman who owns the home. She told police that she was unaware of the illegal activity and would take the necessary steps to remedy the problem.

James Dewan Goodman, 34, of 1210 Southwood Drive, and Wendell Thomas, 36, of 6332 Idyllic Lane, were each charged with possession with intent to sell and distribute marijuana, manufacturing cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for the sale or distribution of controlled substances, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen rifle.

Goodman also was charged with possession of cocaine, and Thomas was also charged with possession with intent to sell or distribute cocaine.


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  • ifcdirector Nov 2, 2010

    Wow. A fully automatic AK-47 "Assault Rifle". That must have been something. Are you sure that was not just a semi-automatic rifle WRAL? Your liberalism is showing.....

  • itsnews2me Nov 2, 2010

    Well, looks like 200 more homeless people to roam around Fayetteville, now. Should have just put a chainlink fence around the property and kept them where they were.

  • ORMA Nov 2, 2010

    200 people, in a crack house, along with guns drugs and money and only 4 were arrested. WTH is going on with the Fayetteville PD?

  • hobco1 Nov 2, 2010

    200 people and all they could only find four to charge?

  • bear2010 Nov 2, 2010

    @down2earth...reminds of another case a while back involving a pro football player

  • down2earth Nov 2, 2010

    Is it just me or does anyone else think the homeowner knew what was going on at the house? Or is it that they really didn't care as long as they got their rent? I would want to know what was going on a property that I owned or would I just have been considered a nosy landlord?

  • plexflux Nov 2, 2010

    the drugwar, like drugwarI aka prohibition, requires an amendment to deprive citizenry of rights to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, but in 1935 and since, the 9th&10th amendments have just been ignored treasonably. and yesterday, we see that british medical study shows alcohol to be much more deadly than heroin, cocaine, crack, much less pot or psychedelics but don't let facts stand in the way of our police state that now imprisons half a million more people, 2.4mln, than china! end all victimless crimes and end the organized crime aspect of both the drug scene and the government.

  • MtnDewGyrl Nov 2, 2010

    Awesome!...Instead of just being viewed as rednecks, now we'll be viewed as crackhead rednecks...Way to go Fayetteville!! =o)

  • G-man Nov 2, 2010

    A true AK47 is a full auto rifle. Legal to own only if you are approved by the Fed's. If not approved it would be a Federal weapons charge.

  • yindaworld Nov 2, 2010

    humm maybe cumberland county should revise thier court system. Looking up all of the people involved was not hard and here is a little F.Y.I for you all James Dewan Goodman is not new to this at all he has a wrap sheet a mile long that includes:MANUFACTURE CONTROL SUBSTANCE (PRINCIPAL)-POSSESS WITS SCHEDULE VI (PRINCIPAL)-POSSESS WITS SCHEDULE II (PRINCIPAL)-POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON (PRINCIPAL)-POSSESS SCHEDULE VI (PRINCIPAL)-RESISTING OFFICER (PRINCIPAL-POSSESS SCHEDULE II (PRINCIPAL)--2 felony charges of KIDNAPPING 2ND DEGRE(PRINCIPAL) -AWDWISI (PRINCIPAL)and was just released from prison in APRIL?!?!?!?! UMMMM OKAY DA TIME TO LOCK HIM UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY!!!