Two women arrested following ‘flash bang’ drug raid in Bristol, VA

Jackie Vinson (on the left) and Lea N. Potter (on the right) (Source: Bristol, Virginia Police Department)

BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) – Bristol, Virginia Police said a drug investigation led them to raid a home and arrest two people Monday night.

Jackie Vinson (Source: Bristol, VA Police Department)

BVPD spokesman Maynard Ratcliff said officers obtained a search warrant for a home in the 400 block of Lee Street. Around 9:30 p.m., he said police detonated “flash bangs” to cause a distraction while officers rushed into the home. Ratcliff called it a common technique used in raids.

Police arrested 48-year-old Jackie Vinson and 22-year-old Lea N. Potter. Vinson has been charged with possession with intent to distribute meth, possession of heroin, possession of a firearm while in possession of schedule one or two narcotics. Potter is charged with possession of methamphetamine.

According to police, Vinson lived at the home, but Potter lived in Blountville.

Lea N. Potter (Source: Bristol, VA Police Department)

Just before 11 p.m. BVPD SWAT on scene told News Channel 11 they made two arrests and at least one of the charges was a drug charge. SWAT said they were still collecting a large amount of evidence from the scene.

BVPD said they’ve had this home on their radar for around 8 months and they worked with multiple agencies to raid the home.

“Everything came together yesterday (Sunday) , again we worked with our Criminal Investigation Division,  the Virginia State Police, the patrol division as well as Bristol, Tennessee K-9 unit and we finally brought some closure to what the neighbors have been asking for a while, “Lieutenant T.J. Sexton with the Bristol Virginia Police Department’s SWAT team said.

Stay with News Channel 11 on this developing story.

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