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Virginia man facing drug charges after home and business searches

A 31-year-old Virginia man was taken into custody on Dec. 5 when police executed search warrants at his home and place of business. The Collinsville resident has been charged with a felony count of possession with the intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance. He was released from custody after posting a $7,500 unsecured bond according to media reports. The searches marked the end of an investigation into cocaine distribution conducted by the Henry County Sheriff's Office, the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Officers and deputies executed the search warrants in Collinsville at an auto sales operation on Virginia Avenue and a residence on Paul Street. The searches allegedly led to the discovery of an undisclosed quantity of a substance believed to be marijuana and approximately one pound of a substance believed to be cocaine. The substances have been sent to the Virginia Department of Forensic Science for identification and analysis. Officers and deputies are also said to have seized three firearms and $10,179 in U.S. currency. The money is thought to be the proceeds of illegal drug sales. Seven motor vehicles, an ATV and a boat were towed away from the auto sales facility.

Initial reports do not reveal what led police to suspect that the man was selling illegal controlled substances, but they do indicate that the seized drugs would have been worth more than $20,000 if they had been sold on the street. A HCSO representative said that the investigation is ongoing and further charges are possible.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise individuals taken into custody following narcotics searches to remain silent and ask for a lawyer. Evidence discovered during searches is not always admissible even when search warrants have been obtained. Attorneys might seek to have seized drugs and other items excluded and criminal charges dismissed when search warrants were issued based on questionable probable cause or the officers who conducted the search went beyond the scope of the warrant.

Source: The Martinsville Bulletin, Collinsville man arrested, charged with intent to distribute drugs, Staff report, Dec. 5, 2019

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