Local News

Police find 200 people in Fayetteville crack house

Posted November 1, 2010 3:35 p.m. EDT

— 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.