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Pennington Gap Police Department Makes Major Arrest Following Prompt Response to Suspicious Activity Call

From The Pennington Gap Va. Police Department -


Thomas Ray Houston Jr. - DRJ

Pennington Gap, Virginia - March 27, 2024 - Officers Eads and Collins of the Pennington Gap Police Department responded to a call reporting suspicious activity at Farmers and Miners Bank. Their diligent work resulted in the apprehension of Thomas Ray Houston Jr.


During the investigation, Officers Eads and Collins discovered substantial evidence linking Mr. Houston to multiple serious offenses.


Mr. Houston has been charged with the following:

Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 and 2 Substances (x3)

Possession of Stolen Firearms (x2)

Possession of a Firearm While in Possession of Schedule 1 and 2 Substances

Possession of Schedule 4 Substances


This arrest represents a significant victory in the ongoing effort to maintain the safety and security of Pennington Gap and its residents. The diligent work of Officers Eads and Collins underscores the commitment of the Pennington Gap Police Department to uphold the law and protect the community from criminal elements.


Chief Lawson commended Officers Eads and Collins for their dedication and professionalism in carrying out their duties. "The Pennington Gap Police Department is committed to maintaining the highest standards of law enforcement excellence," Chief Lawson stated. "We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of our citizens."


Additionally, K9 Sivy, under the guidance of his handler Lieutenant Cook, was instrumental in the investigation. K9 Sivy's keen detection skills led to the alerting of drugs within the suspect's vehicle, providing crucial evidence in the case.


Mr. Houston is currently in custody at Duffield Regional Jail pending further legal proceedings.


The Pennington Gap Police Department urges anyone with additional information related to this case or any other criminal activity to come forward and assist in the ongoing efforts to maintain public safety.

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