Man charged with drug possession in overdose

Michael Craig

FRONT ROYAL – Police charged a town man with drug possession after officers responded to an overdose at his home last week.

Michael A. Craig Sr., 32, of 624 Massanutten Ave., remains held on bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on two counts of possession of a controlled substance and a charge of obstruction of justice. Town police arrested him on Thursday.

Craig, who appeared before Judge William W. Sharp in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Friday, was scheduled to appear in the General District Court today. A clerk said Craig has received a $10,000 secured bond.

An affidavit for a search warrant at Craig’s residence states that the Front Royal Police Department was dispatched to the Massanutten Avenue address for a drug overdose. When officers arrived a female was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital in relation to the overdose. While on the scene, two officers were advised that “the female was drug out of 624 Massanutten Avenue,” the affidavit states.

“Both officers went to the threshold of the front door when they heard another male upstairs,” the affidavit states. “Officers made contact with Michael Craig who was smoking from a pipe.

“Officers attempted to detain Craig, when he attempted to snort white powder from the sink,” the affidavit goes on to state. “Craig admitted that he was smoking crack cocaine from the pipe and that the white powder on the sink was cocaine.”

After officers detained Craig, they found several baggies on the bathroom floor and in the toilet. Officers also found a knot of baggies in plain view in the living room.

Officers recovered from the residence a baggie with white residue, approximately 2 grams of white powder, a syringe filled with a clear substance, a bag of white powder and chunk with half an orange pill, a baggie of green plant material, a GPS device and two cellphones, according to the search warrant inventory. Items were found in various places in the home.

Officers also executed a search warrant to test the blood of the overdose victim for drugs at Warren Memorial Hospital. They took two vials of blood from the 32-year-old woman, who was found unresponsive, according to the affidavit for the search warrant used to take the blood samples. Witnesses on the scene told officers that the victim had used cocaine, the affidavit states.