A 29-year-old Virginia man is facing a raft of charges after methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $90,000 was allegedly found in his home. Reports indicate that deputies from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office discovered the drugs during a June 1 search of a residence on Melrose Drive in Bassett. An HCSO representative said that the evidence needed to obtain the search warrant was gathered while deputies were investigating methamphetamine distribution in the area.
The search of the man’s residence is also said to have resulted in the seizure of a small quantity of heroin, $8,900 in currency, ballistic body armor and a cache of 14 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Police also impounded several vehicles that they claim were used by the man to transport and distribute drugs.
The man was taken into custody at the scene, and he has been charged with drug possession with the intent to distribute, possessing a firearm after being convicted of committing a violent felony and possessing illegal drugs while also possessing a firearm. The HCSO says that the man was transported to the Henry County Jail after being processed and has been denied bail.
Individuals facing serious felony drug charges may feel that cooperating with police is in their best interests when significant quantities of illegal narcotics are discovered in their homes or vehicles, but experienced criminal defense attorneys may suggest that they remain silent until the admissibility of this evidence has been established. The Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure is taken seriously by the courts, and seized drugs or other evidence may be ruled inadmissible if police officers exceeded boundaries laid down in the search warrant.
Source: WSLS, “Deputies find about $90,000 worth of meth, 1 arrested”, Ashley Wills, June 1, 2018