Auto shop alleged front for drug business


First Posted: 12/10/2009

Four people were arrested yesterday at Finish Line Auto Painting and Body Works in Mount Airy in connection with an undercover drug investigation that has lasted for several months.
The Surry County Sheriffs Office, assisted by the Mount Airy Police Department, conducted a drug bust at the auto body shop located off of Highway 52.
Arrested were:
Christopher Lamar Williams, 21, of 123 Lisa Lane, Mount Airy, charged with two counts of felony possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, felony selling cocaine, felony possession of a firearm by a felon, misdemeanor resisting a public officer and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is set at $125,000.
Williard Junior Asbury, 31, of 1117 Unity Road, Holly Hill, S.C., charged with two counts of felony assault on a law enforcement officer, two counts of felony possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, felony selling cocaine, two counts of felony maintaining a drug vehicle, felony possession of a firearm by a felon, misdemeanor resisting a public officer and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is $150,000.
Cory Johnson, 23, of 125 Randy Lane, Mount Airy, charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $50,000.
Bobby Dean Brown, 33, of 125 Westover Drive, Mount Airy, charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, felony selling and deliver marijuana, two counts of felony possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, felony selling and deliver cocaine, three counts of felony maintaining a drug store or shop and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Browns bond is $75,000.
Atkinson said the suspects, except for business owner Brown, were repeat offenders in Surry County. The investigation is continuing.
Officers seized around 42 grams of crack cocaine, a pound of marijuana and a handgun on the property. Some of the items were found in vehicles on the property, others inside the business.
The sheriff described Browns auto body shop as a drug shop that did a little body work.
All indications are that it was a front for a drug shop, Atkinson explained.
He said it isnt common for someone to be charged with maintaining a drug shop. Often the selling is done out of a home.
According to Atkinson, undercover officers allegedly have made a few drug buys at the shop in recent months. Crack cocaine, one of the drugs being sold at the shop, is 10 times as potent as normal cocaine, according to Atkinson.
Of the amount seized at the shop, Atkinson said, Any time you get any crack its a good thing.
When officers arrived at the shop to execute a search warrant, three of the suspects tried to escape in a vehicle and hit an officers van in the process. They stopped, then one passenger tried to flee on foot but was captured by officers.
The sheriffs office also searched a residence at 287 Atkins Lane, Mount Airy, in connection with the drug bust, but no illegal narcotics were found there.
Atkinson said the sheriffs office produces search warrants on a regular basis.
They dont always turn out to be eventful, he said.
Due to the undercover buys made at Finish Line, the sheriff said his office knew before they went that arrests would be made. Warrants were already out on two of the men.
Atkinson said his office called the Mount Airy Police Department a few hours prior to the search, and they were quickly ready to assist in the bust.
Im really glad they were there … You cant beat that kind of relationship, Atkinson remarked.
Contact Meghann Evans at [email protected] or 719-1952.

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