A Culpeper man who said he was using his Stanardsville barber shop to help people in need was arrested on drug charges last Friday, authorities announced.
Shawn Keith Harvey, the owner of In The Kutt, was arrested Friday, March 14, on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana Schedule I and II controlled substances (Percocet and Vicodin). The 48-year-old lives in Culpeper.
On Friday, members of the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on In The Kutt, located on Ford Avenue across from the Court House.
According to a news release from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, items seized from the business included 1-1/2 ounces of marijuana, digital scales and various prescription pills, including Percocet and Vicodin.
Harvey was released on his own recognizance, according to the Greene County Municipal Court. His first court hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26, in the Municipal Court.
In The Kutt appeared closed earlier this week.
In an unrelated interview with the Greene County Record on Thursday, March 13, Harvey said he wanted his Stanardsville business to be a place for people to gather and converse.
“The shop is a community gathering place where men can talk sports, politics or whatever is on their mind – like a clubhouse,” he said.
Harvey’s arrest came after a four-month investigation that included controlled purchases of drugs, interviews, surveillance and other investigative techniques, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office stated. The Sheriff’s Office also noted that the Stanardsville business is in close proximity to the Stanardsville United Methodist Church and the Greene County Schools complex.
In The Kutt, where Harvey reportedly was the owner and sole employee, opened in October 2012. Shortly after its opening, Harvey told NBC29 that he wanted to lend a hand to people trying to make their way back into the workforce, including offering free haircuts to those on the job hunt.
Harvey said at the time that a fresh haircut helps improve confidence and that is important for any job interview. “You know the first impression is a lasting impression so, I guess they want to look good, feel good and hopefully, like I said, at the end of it they get their job,” he told NBC29.
Last Thursday, Harvey told the Greene County Record that he gave out five vouchers a month for free haircuts to organizations such as Greene County Social Services, Skyline Cap and the Greene County Alliance of Church and Community Efforts as a way to help out men and women in crisis.
“I didn’t get the response I was looking for,” Harvey said.
He also stated that he had volunteered at the Greene County Technical Education Center to help those seeking to become barbers. On Tuesday, however, Greene County Schools Superintendent Andrea Whitmarsh said that Harvey had never been a volunteer with the schools.
Harvey told the Greene County Record last week that he has been cutting hair since he was 12, stating that his mother owned a salon and he had a natural knack for it.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Harvey said he moved to New Jersey in the mid-1980s and then to Culpeper 10 years ago. “In 1989 I decided to make [cutting hair] a career,” he said. “It started as just a passion, a love that I had.
“If people come in for a free cut, I do it out of the kindness of my heart,” Harvey said of In The Kutt. He said he wanted his clients “to be able to relax and enjoy the piece and serenity. Once you give them the mirror and you see that satisfaction, that’s the enjoyment – another pleased customer.”
The Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force is a multijurisdictional organization responsible for drug and gang investigations in Greene, Madison, Orange, Culpeper and Fauquier counties, as well as the towns of Culpeper and Orange. It’s made up of detectives and investigators from those localities, as well as special agents from the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Drug Enforcement Section.