A Virginia sheriff says that taking four people into custody following a six-month investigation is one of law enforcement's biggest drug-related operations in the county's history. Executing a search warrant on April 4, deputies found 12 firearms, thousands of dollars in cash and illegal drugs worth $100,000.
The sheriff said the Louisa County narcotics task force plus Virginia State Police were involved in the investigation. The drugs seized included nearly 2 pounds of marijuana, a pound of crystal meth, hundreds of oxycodone pills and thousands of Xanax pills.
A 37-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, a 25-year-old man and an 18-year-old man are all facing various charges in the case. They include multiple felony counts related to manufacture, distribution and possession of drugs, intent to sell and conspiracy to violate the Drug Act. All four were held without bond and scheduled for an April 26 hearing.
People who are facing drug charges may want to talk to an attorney about a strategy for defense. Even if the charges are relatively minor, they could have serious legal penalties. There could also be consequences for a person's career or for a person's access to financial aid for college or some types of housing. One of the first steps for an attorney might be trying to obtain bail for the person. Bail may be based in part on the seriousness of the offense and the likelihood that the person will make subsequent court appearances. A person might have the option for a plea bargain, which allows a guilty plea, often to reduced charges, in exchange for a lighter sentence. An attorney might also look at whether law enforcement violated a person's rights such as in an illegal search and seizure.
Source: WTVR, "Louisa Drug Bust: 4 arrested after drugs worth $100,000 seized", April 5, 2018