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Man Charged: Drugs, Weapons Crimes

— A Centreville man was among more than 100 people arrested recently as part of a nearly year-long operation by three law-enforcement agencies. He is Kevin Young of Bull Run Post Office Road in Centreville. He was charged with two counts of drug distribution and one count of possessing a firearm while in possession of schedule I or II narcotics.

He was arrested Aug. 19, but police didn’t release that information until last week, when they released details of the operation. Participating were officers and detectives with the Fairfax County and Prince William County police departments, plus the Virginia State Police.

According to Fairfax County Police Capt. John Piper, commander of the Criminal Intelligence Division, “We decided to create an opportunity through a sustained enforcement effort, using nontraditional investigative methods to seek long-term solutions to attacking crime and to address quality-of-life issues.”

Early this year, officers and crime analysts were asked to help identify problematic areas, and people associated with criminal activity in those areas, concentrating enforcement efforts along the lower portion of the Richmond Highway corridor in Fairfax County, extending into Prince William County.

Eventually, the investigation resulted in dozens of arrests. The criminal charges, 168 in all, range from possession of stolen property to attempted murder-for-hire. Besides the arrests, more than $560,000 in cash, 23 guns, two ballistic vests and a variety of stolen property – including electronics, jewelry, credit cards and tools – were recovered. A variety of narcotics, both prescription and non-prescription, were also seized.

— Bonnie Hobbs