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Motel drug raid seized more than $8,000 cash.

By Joe Beck

Law enforcement officers who entered two motel rooms occupied by accused drug users and sellers on May 31 found more than $8,000 cash and several bags containing a suspicious white powder, according to a search warrant filed in Warren County Circuit Court.

The items listed in the inventory seized at the Quality Inn at 10 Commerce Ave. also included 13 cell phones and several bags described as containing white powdery substances.

The raid led to the arrests of eight adults and two juveniles from Front Royal. All were charged with drug offenses involving the sale or possession of marijuana, crack cocaine and heroin.

An affidavit accompanying the search warrant states that agents from the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force appeared at the motel and found several people going back and forth between the two rooms who had come under suspicion.

The affidavit, signed by Sgt. Kevin Coffman, states that "an odor of marijuana was emitting" from one of the rooms.

An affidavit for a search warrant executed on another room describes an undercover purchase of heroin made by a confidential informant 72 hours before the raid. The affidavit states that the informant also saw about 100 zip baggies of heroin in the room.

The affidavit, written by Investigator Mike Henry, states that the informant purchased heroin from one of the defendants, Adrian Edwards.

"Adrian Edwards has been the subject of a several week investigation involving the illegal distribution of narcotics," Henry wrote.

He added that Edwards was arrested in Harrisonburg on March 23 on a charge of possession of heroin with intent to deliver.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com


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