A 47-year-old Virginia man was taken into custody on March 19 after authorities executed a search warrant at his Waynesboro residence for narcotics. While searching for drugs, the authorities also reportedly seized several weapons, two of which were thought to be stolen.
The search warrant was executed at the home, which was located in the 1300 block of 10th Street, by the Skyline Drug Task Force. The accused man was not at the home when the authorities showed up to execute the search warrant. When the weapons were found, however, the authorities obtained three felony warrants for the accused man. They also obtained a second search warrant for another home where the man was thought to be staying. He was found and taken into custody. Authorities noted that cocaine was found in his possession at this time.
The man was ultimately charged with three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of cocaine. He was being held at Middle River Regional Jail without bond.
Virginia authorities view all drug crimes as being serious, even when it comes to simple possession. As such, minor drug possession charges can still result in a jail or prison sentence, probation and other legal consequences, especially if the accused person already has a criminal record. A criminal law attorney may be able to review the case and determine if there are any viable defense strategies that could result in an acquittal. Alternatively, there may be alternative sentencing options available to the defendant which the attorney could potentially pursue.
Source: WHS, "Waynesboro man arrested on drug and gun charges", March 26, 2018