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Search warrant leads to heroin possession charge

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com

An Edinburg man has been charged with conspiracy/possession of a controlled substance after law enforcement officers obtained a search warrant for his residence at 19859 Senedo Road.

Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office said Robert Jeneal Williams Jr., 52, was arrested at his residence at about 9 p.m. Friday, the same time law enforcement officers appeared with the search warrant.

The warrant cites distribution of heroin and possession with intent to distribute heroin as the offenses linked to the issuance of the warrant.

The search inventory and return lists 10 items seized, mostly drug paraphernalia. It includes a pill bottle with an unspecified white powder and foil, a small container with a white cap and "unknown item inside", four zip lock bags, a cell phone and clear plastic bag with residue.

The search warrant affidavit written by Investigator Wayne W. Sager of the Strasburg Police Department and the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force describes a two-month investigation that made extensive use of two confidential informants buying heroin from Williams under law enforcement supervision.

The six-page affidavit lists four supervised purchases made from June 15 to July 26 at Williams' residence.

The affidavit's narrative for a purchase on July 25 states: "The heroin was packaged in a very distinct way. It was packaged in a small plastic bag that contained blue wax paper folded up containing the heroin. The blue was paper had a red stamp marked "CUSE."

The affidavit states that the confidential informant who made the purchase told Sager that Williams had displayed a text message from his supplier. The informant "stated that Williams told him or her that Omar was his supplier," and that Omar was "coming through to bring more heroin," according to the affidavit.

The affidavit describes Williams' residence as a downstairs apartment in a duplex with brick, white siding, brown roof and white window trim.

Proctor said Williams remained in the Shenandoah County Jail Wednesday on $2,500 secured bond. His next court date is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 20 in General District Court

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