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POLICE RAID NETS FOUR SUSPECTS IN DRUG RING

POLICE RAID NETS FOUR SUSPECTS IN DRUG RING

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Four people accused of being part of a group that sold crack cocaine in the Phillips Avenue area of northeast Greensboro were arrested early Friday morning in a police raid that also netted five cars and two guns.

``We feel like this is another very significant group of Phillips Avenue drug dealers, at the level of the Wadelington group,' said Capt. Drew Cannady of the Greensboro Police Department.He was referring to another group of accused cocaine dealers in the Phillips Avenue area, headed by William Ray Wadelington and William Harold Peoples. Wadelington, Peoples and several associates pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Arrested Friday on a federal drug indictment were Timothy Randolph Cole, 22, of 4 Baylor Court; Bernard Dion Best, 21, of 1507-C Hudgins Drive; Darryl Lamonte Smith, 24, of 1115 Stephens St; and Angela Laverne Blackmon, 27, of 2723-D Yanceyville St.

Also named in the grand jury indictment are Stephen Lamont Booker, 20, now serving 12 years in federal prison on other drug charges, and Haywood William Parker Jr. of 2703-F Patio Place. Police were still looking for Parker.

This group is more violent than the Wadelington organization, Cannady said.

In January, Cole was charged with shooting at his brother, and then shooting up his girlfriend's apartment with an AK-47 semiautomatic assault rifle. No one was seriously hurt.

Cole was found sleeping with a shotgun when arrested at home. Police seized from Best a semiautomatic weapon that holds 100 rounds of ammunition, considered a weapon of mass destruction under state law.

No cocaine was seized Friday, although a small amount of marijuana was found in Cole's pocket, Cannady said.

Police believe the group has been dealing crack for two years, primarily in the Phillips Avenue area but with some dealings in ``the Hill' area of southeast Greensboro, Cannady said.

Police also seized a customized van and four late-model cars, saying they had been used in drug transactions. Federal law allows police to seize assets used in drug trafficking.

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