Police in Henry County detained a 31-year-old man after his residence was searched as part of an undercover operation. Deputies of the Henry County Sheriff's office searched the man's home after search warrants were executed. The man is suspected of running a meth house.
The undercover operation focused on the distribution of heroin and meth in the area. Upon searching the man's home, police reportedly confiscated three-quarters of a pound of meth, a small quantity of marijuana, a quarter-pound of heroin, $2,200 in cash and 26 firearms. The drugs are estimated to have a street value of $30,000. Police said in a statement that the drugs would be sent to the Virginia Department of Forensic Science for further analysis.
The man was taken into Henry County Jail and is being held without bond. He faces multiple felony charges, which include possession of controlled schedule I and II substances with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and maintaining a fortified drug house.
Methamphetamine use and distribution is a growing concern among law enforcement. Those who are found to possess and distribute drugs may receive harsh consequences. In Virginia, possessing meth and heroin is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $2,500 in fines. Because of the severity of the consequences, it's important that those accused of a crime receive fair treatment as required by the law. Before obtaining a warrant, police must have substantial evidence. If a warrant was given without this evidence, the warrant may not be valid, and the ensuing search and seizure is not legal. A lawyer may help those with drug charges by looking into the circumstances in which the warrant was obtained. If it wasn't obtained legally, the charges might be reduced or dismissed.Source: WSLS, "Undercover operation nets $30K in drugs, 26 guns and an arrest in Henry County", Jeff Williamson, 05/31/2019