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Drug raids target homes near schools

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Two Wilson men face multiple charges after police seized drugs and cash from a pair of homes, each within 1,000 feet of a school.

The Wilson Police Department’s Special Operations Division arrested 23-year-old Javier Arias Hernandez and 43-year-old Douglas Lee Battle in separate cases after executing search warrants as a part of ongoing investigation, according to Capt. Jeff Boykin, who oversees the division.

On Thursday, officials executed a search warrant at Hernandez’s 408 Maplewood Ave. home, which is less than 100 feet away from Margaret Hearne Elementary School, Boykin said.

Detectives seized 3 grams of powder cocaine, 24 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $9,145 in cash, according to Boykin.

Hernandez was charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

He was given a $5,000 secured bond.

Police also executed a search warrant at Battle’s 1209 Herring Ave. home, which is located 700 feet away from Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education, Boykin said.

Detectives seized 2 grams of crack cocaine, 3 grams of marijuana, a rifle, drug paraphernalia and $276 in cash, according to Boykin.

Battle was charged with two counts each of selling or delivering crack cocaine and selling or delivering crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school and one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, felony possession of cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

Battle received a $100,000 secured bond.

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