Several Face Charges after Lee Park Drug Bust

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Seven men facing distribution of narcotics within 1,000 feet or school or library Seven men facing distribution of narcotics within 1,000 feet or school or library

A total of 17 people are facing more than two dozen charges after an undercover drug bust around a downtown Charlottesville park.

Charlottesville police say undercover officers watched the drug deals take place in Lee Park while groups of school children were nearby.

Investigators also found narcotics hidden in the park's trees and bushes.

Seven of the 17 face charges for distributing narcotics within 1,000 feet of a school or library. The seven men facing those charges are Altonia Turner, Dijuan Veney, Tyrell Fleming, Joseph Langer, Esteban Albino, Corey Brackett, and Qumell Green. These seven range in age from 21 to 53.

Photos of the other 10 facing charges are not available at this time.

Charlottesville Police Department Press Release

Citizens and Police Officers had observed activity of what appeared to be small narcotics transactions going on in Lee Park and the surrounding area. Over the past several months the Charlottesville Police Department conducted an undercover operation to address the concern.

The result of this operation brought forth 26 indictments for 17 individuals for distribution of narcotics, with a number of those indictments being for distributing narcotics within 1000 feet of a school.

Undercover officers noted that while some narcotics transactions were being conducted, there were groups of school children visible in the area. Also, some of those arrested had been hiding their narcotics in trees and bushes in Lee Park where groups of children would stop to eat lunch.