Arrested

Deactaveius Lamont Dillard, 19 from left, Monta Lamont Fitzgerald, 30, and Zaccheus Jamar White, 28. 

Three alleged gang members or associates were arrested in Danville on May 29 during a drug bust by the Danville Police Department. 

According to Captain H.S. Richardson, the Danville Police Department’s Violent Crime and Gang Unit along with the special investigations unit searched and seized multiple handguns and drugs from a vehicle on Melville Avenue.

Police recovered four handguns, one of which was fully automatic according to Lieutenant D.E. Whitley.

A total of 49 grams of meth, 21.5 grams of cocaine, 4.2 grams of heroin, and 20 grams of marijuana were seized by police.

Tools, digital scales, cash, and cell phones were also seized during the bust.

Deactaveius Lamont Dillard, 19, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm with dangerous drugs, and distribution of marijuana.

Monta Lamont Fitzgerald, 30, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm with dangerous drugs, and distribution of marijuana.

Zaccheus Jamar White, 28, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm with dangerous drugs, possession of a firearm by a violent felon, and distribution of marijuana.

“What led to this [bust] was an investigation of a shooting at the Astoria Hotel. Part of it was information into gang investigations over the last year and a half,” Whitley said.

Police learned the addresses of the individuals, which led to seizing search warrants after interaction with certain gang members in the city. 

Whitley said known gang members and associates were observed for a while before the bust took place. 

“As we’re working toward our department goals of combating violent crime in the city, an arrest of this nature of gang members or associates is huge as it pertains to violent crime and combating issues that come with criminal street gangs and violence,” Whitley said.

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