A Virginia man has been indicted and arrested for distribution of methamphetamine. When Russell County officers arrived at his residence near Castlewood, several others at the location also ended up in custody and charged with a variety of substance and weapons charges.
Just one man had been named in the indictment for distribution of a Schedule I or II substance and a search warrant was issued for his residence on Barnett Hollow in the Gravel Lick community of Russell County. Officers ended up charging at least four others at the residence with offenses ranging from inappropriate possession of a concealed weapon to unlawful possession of a Schedule I or II substance and having a weapon while in possession of controlled substances. Methamphetamine is classified as a prohibited Schedule II substance under Virginia law.
Media reports did not specify the amount of controlled substances found and seized by officers or whether it was the first offense for anyone involved. Both are generally key factors in the ultimate sentence if anyone is found guilty. Drug offenses in Virginia in this category have penalties ranging from five years to life in prison depending on various circumstances that may be in play.
Whenever a search warrant is requested and executed, law enforcement officials must follow very specific procedures and guidelines. If officers follow improper procedures and exceed the parameters of a warrant, anything found could be deemed inadmissible.<>p>Anyone charged with a criminal offense faces serious consequences if convicted. Even misdemeanor convictions can result in lost employment, residential, and educational opportunities. Having the advice and guidance of a qualified criminal defense attorney can be advisable for people in this type of a situation.