Police drug bust nets arrests in Manassas

MANASSAS — Five city residents face drug charges after police found them with a moderate amount of crack cocaine and marijuana Wednesday night following a three-month investigation, said Sgt. Marc J. Woolverton, a spokesman for Manassas police.

Members of the Prince William-Manassas narcotics task force arrested James Henderson, 46; Steven Gary Hawkins, 54; Phyllis Marie Hawkins, 56; Paul Ware, 40; and Kelly Lee Talley, 39; inside the home of Henderson and the Hawkinses at 9514 Liberty Road shortly after 8 p.m., Woolverton said.

“The [arrests were] a culmination of a narcotics investigation that began in January of this year,” Woolverton stated in a press release. “On three separate occasions this year, suspected crack cocaine was purchased from persons at this home by operatives from the task force. As recently as [Wednesday morning], detectives found evidence of narcotics use at the residence.”

Ware, of 9006-B Sandlewood Drive, faces charges of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, as well as possession of cocaine, Woolverton said. Police charged Talley, of 9508 Grant Ave., with the same two offenses.

In addition to the cocaine distribution charge, James Henderson was charged with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. Detectives charged Steven Hawkins with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance house. Phyllis Hawkins faces cocaine possession and distribution charges, as well as the common nuisance house offense, Woolverton said.

Phyllis Hawkins was the only one of the five with a set bond amount, at $52,000. The others were held without bond.

All face a June 13 preliminary hearing, Woolverton said.

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