Neighbors React to Rockingham County Drug Raid

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- A local store is being investigated for drugs after a police raid.

The raid happened at the 33 Express in Rockingham County; however, detectives aren't able to release much information at this point because this is an ongoing drug investigation.

Neighbors in the area say they're surprised to learn that this is happening in their community.

Mark Campbell, who is a supervisor and special agent with the RUSH Drug Task Force says they're doing all they can to stop it from happening again.

For those living in neighborhood of Belmont, they say crime is rare.

"We've had a very nice experience until just recently," shared Betty Kiser, who lives near the store in question.

She says the crime in small communities like her's needs to end, though, “We know it's all around,” Kiser continued.

It's that crime that Campbell is trying to stop.

"We put in a lot of hours. It's 15, 16,18-hour days sometimes. That''s just the nature of the beast. That's what we signed on for," Campbell explained.

They put in long hours with seemingly no end in sight.

Campbell continued explaining,"the cocaine, the crack, the methamphetamine, the ice, the marijuana cases, and the synthetic drugs. It all runs in a cycle."

Thursday's raid at the store involved man-made marijuana, $2,000 and counterfeit merchandise.

It's crime like this that is unexpected to people living with this store right in their backyard.

"It's sort of a surprise, because I didn't know anything about it," added Hobert Simmons who lives behind the raided store.

Despite the police activity, for grandparents like Kiser, this area is still a pretty safe place to live.

"I mean, really, we do have a good community, and we do kind of watch out for each other," Kiser concluded.

The drug task force says the next step in this case is waiting for test results to come back from a lab before they can make any arrests.

We reached out to 33 Express for a comment on the situation and are still waiting to hear back from them.


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