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January 29--  Monday Vidalia police were serving arrest and search warrants on 27-year-old Tyree White at 500 Martin Luther King Drive in connection with the December 27 shooting of Ben Brewer of Vidalia. 

vpdweaponsThe search warrant turned up weapons, cash, drugs and cellphones in what Vidalia Police Chief Frank Waits describes as a "criminal enterprise."  Nine people in addition to White were arrested and are suspected of possession of drugs with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime, aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

Arrested are five Vidalia residents including 21-year-old Joshua Troupe, Jr., 28-year-old Lonzo Skinner, Jr., 21-year-old Laderon Banks, 30-year-old Brandon Jones and 26-year-old Earl Simpson, Jr.  Also, 17-year-old Shamaya Watson of Swainsboro, 21-year-old Brandon Watts of Ailey, 22-year-old Christopher Beasley of Mount Vernon and 20-year-old Christopher McKinney of Mount Vernon.

Police say more charges may be made and ask anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 912-386-4480.