A police chase Monday evening resulted in a Brunswick County man, 47-year-old Ronnie Ray Blanton of Dolphin, arrested on a charge of distribution of methamphetamine.
VSP Special Agent J. George of the Halifax Regional Narcotic and Gang Task Force said Blanton had been wanted under a sealed indictment and has been responsible for distribution of approximately one and half pounds, or 672 grams, of methamphetamine valued at $67,200.
Members of the Halifax Regional Narcotic and Gang Task Force attempted to conduct a traffic stop when they spotted Blanton in a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado Monday.
Blanton ignored police’s attempt and headed down U.S. 58 near Midway as members of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Department and the Virginia State Police Tac Team attempted to stop the vehicle.
During the brief pursuit, George said Blanton began to throw evidence from the vehicle along the shoulder of the road.
Police deployed spike strips and flattened three of Blanton’s tires, said George.
But, he continued down U.S. 58 until his tires completely flattened.
Police then detained the subject and took him into custody without further incident.
George said Blanton had been under investigation for over a year by Halifax Regional Narcotic and Gang Task Force. This investigation included the cooperation of Southside Drug Task Force, Tri-County Task Force, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
This was a cooperative effort among multiple agencies including Virginia State Police, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Department and Halifax County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. George also offered a special thanks to Halifax County Animal Control for responding after hours to assist with a canine.
The task force is comprised of members of Virginia State Police, South Boston Police Department and Halifax Sheriff’s Office.
This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges are pending.
Blanton is being held with no bond.