Police bust another drug operation near school

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HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies say they have found another illegal drug operation near a county school and have charged a 59-year-old Gladeville community resident.

Sheriff Warren Manning identified the man charged as Gregory Harris Combs, also known as "Radar."

According to a press release, deputies served a search warrant at Combs' property near Gladeville Elementary on March 9, which Investigator Fred Bobbitt obtained after a month-long police investigation.

As a result, the authorities say that Combs was charged with:

• possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute

• possession of a schedule II drug

• distribution of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a public school.

• and possession of marijuana.

Deputies seized a quarter-ounce of meth from the residence, Manning said. That would have a street value of more than $1,200.

This meth was packaged for sale, the sheriff added. The deputies also recovered unspecified stolen items.

This is part of the continuing effort to stop illegal drug sales around schools and to protect the children in Carroll County, Manning said.

Combs remains at the New River Valley Regional Jail on $50,000 bond, pending a hearing in Carroll County General District Court.

More arrests are expected to come out of this investigation, the sheriff said.

Manning; Bobbitt; investigators Venton Smith and Shannon Goad; deputies Donnie Spangler, Cody Edwards, Charlie Catron and Chuck Edwards; and police canine Brenda participated in the search.