A local man with a history of money-laundering charges is the focal point of alleged drug trafficking between Richmond and Danville, court records show.

The investigation began in October 2018, when two detectives — only identified as J. Grollimund and Ramsey — of the Chesterfield County Police Department, began looking into the activities of seven suspects believed to be involved in a “multi-jurisdictional drug trafficking organization,” states a search warrant filed in Danville Circuit Court.

Throughout their investigation, police were able to identify multiple addresses related to the case — including one on Halifax Road in Danville. A search warrant filed in October identified the man at the Danville address as the source of the drugs.

“Utilizing police resources, Det. Gromilland was able to identify [the suspected leader of the trafficking operation] cocaine source as Rontae Perkins,” states a search warrant.

Perkins was previously convicted of conspiring to launder money in 2009 in the U.S. District Court in Danville. He received a 6 1/2-year sentence for his role in a large-scale money laundering operation, where he bought and disposed of vehicles to launder money from drugs and illegal gambling, federal court records show. He was one of nine people sentenced in the case.

In this case, police allege in court documents that a buyer with addresses in Richmond and Henrico County — both neighboring Chesterfield County — would pick up cocaine from Perkins and haul it back to his homes.

On Oct. 30, local and Chesterfield County police searched Perkin’s Halifax Road apartment for drugs.

Local police charged him with possession of a firearm by a felon. He is charged in Chesterfield General District Court with conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance.

Danville Police Department spokesman Lt. Richard Chivvis explained local police were asked by Chesterfield County police to help search Perkin’s apartment.

“The drug charge stems from an investigation in another jurisdiction,” Chivvis said. “I have no other information to share in this case.”

It could not be determined if any other suspects have been charged.

Chesterfield County Police did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Avent is a reporter with the Danville Register & Bee. Reach him at (434) 797-7983.

Avent is a reporter with the Danville Register & Bee. Reach him at (434) 797-7983.

Recommended for you

Load comments