Two Virginia men were taken into custody on Oct. 19 after a Waynesboro Police Department drug squad executed a search warrant in Churchville. The men, who are 36 and 46 years of age, were transported to the Middle River Regional Jail where they were being held without bail. The search was the result of an investigation into methamphetamine distribution in Augusta County.
Members of the WPD Skyline Drug Task Force were assisted in the operation by Augusta County SWAT officers and the Staunton Police Department. During the search of the Churchville Avenue residence, police are said to have discovered 50 grams of marijuana, 32 grams of methamphetamine, two handguns, three rifles and a shotgun. About $13,000 in cash was also found according to reports.
The 36-year-old man taken into custody has been charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana with the intent to distribute, possessing a firearm while in possession of drugs and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The 46-year-old man is facing gun and drug possession charges. Police detained a number of other suspects at the scene, but they were not immediately charged. A police representative said that charges may be filed after substances recovered from them have been tested by forensics experts.
Drug cases often hinge on the admissibility of evidence recovered during searches. While search warrants generally provide police with the authority they need to enter a premises and conduct a search, they are often highly specific and may only allow officers to look for particular types of evidence or limit them to certain areas. Experienced criminal defense attorneys may study search warrants carefully when their clients are facing drug possession or trafficking charges to make sure that law enforcement did not step beyond boundaries established by a judge or violate rights protected by the Fourth Amendment.