West Point Public Works employee arrested, charged with drug distribution

WEST POINT – A Town of West Point Public Works employee has been charged with drug possession with intent to distribute.

Clarence M. Burrell, III, of James City County, was arrested Tuesday, April 1, by the West Point Police Department in conjunction with the Twin Rivers Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Taskforce, and charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. 

Burrell has been employed with West Point Public Works since 2009, Public Works officials said.

"Based on the charges placed against Mr. Burrell, he has been placed on unpaid administrative leave depending on the outcome of the ongoing investigation," said Town Manager John Edwards in a phone interview Wednesday.

According to the West Point Police Department, Burrell was arrested after members of the taskforce conducted a traffic stop in New Kent County based on an ongoing investigation. The stop resulted in the seizure of cocaine, money and items associated with the distribution of cocaine. Based on further investigation, a search warrant was executed at a home in Henrico County resulting in the seizure of cocaine, marijuana, money and a firearm.

At this time the investigation is continuing and further arrests are anticipated.

The Twin Rivers Taskforce, which includes law enforcement agencies in West Point, King William, New Kent and Charles City, are charged with the investigation and enforcement of mid-to-upper level narcotic dealers in the coverage area and have conducted numerous large-scale drug investigations resulting in multiple arrests.

Citizens of the community have been helpful in providing information enabling investigators to attack problem drug areas within the venue of the taskforce. The taskforce command staff, comprised of the sheriffs and chiefs of member agencies, understands the importance of joint cooperation focusing on combating illegal drugs and encourage the public to continue their assistance in providing useful information, the West Point Police Department reported.