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Drugs, guns, bulletproof vest recovered in Caroline County bust

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. – A Caroline County man is behind bars after investigators executed a search warrant for a drugs and weapons bust on Thursday morning.

Arvel Owen Goodall, Jr., 21, has been charged with possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute, possessing a firearm while in possession of cocaine, possessing a stolen firearm and possession of marijuana.

The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office Special Emergency Response Team, deputies and investigators executed a drug related search warrant as a result of an on-going investigation.

Arvel Owen Goodall, Jr.

Arvel Owen Goodall, Jr.

The bust happened during the early morning hours of December 29 at a home in the 32100 block of Mount Gideon Road.

Investigators seizing several plastic bags containing what is believed to be cocaine, along with marijuana, digital weight scales, three semi-automatic handguns and a bullet proof vest.

The guns included a 40, 45 and 9 millimeter with an extended magazine.

"It tells me the subject may not be beyond getting into a shootout with a rival drug dealer or even with police, it's hard to say," said Major Scott Moser on the recovery of a bulletproof vest.

In addition, one of the handguns has been confirmed as being stolen from Henrico County, according to investigators.

“I am thankful for our citizens who continue to provide information and assist your Caroline Sheriff’s Office,” said Caroline Sheriff Tony Lippa. “I am also thankful for the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Caroline Sheriff’s Office. Together we continue to make Caroline a safer place to live, work and raise a family.”

Moser classified the arrest with two words.

"Significant arrest,” he said. “Anytime you get drugs and guns off the streets of Caroline we call it significant."

For more than a decade, the sheriff's department has hit the Dawn area hard with drug raids.

Several Goodall's have been caught up in the mix and crime insider sources say Arvel is no stranger to law enforcement.

Goodall is being held without bond at the Pamunkey Regional Jail.