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Man accused of selling drugs from house

WOODSTOCK – A Strasburg man stands accused of dealing drugs from his home in town earlier this year.

A grand jury indicted Jesse Charles Higgins in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday on charges of marijuana distribution and possession, manufacturing a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, child endangerment and a first offense of a premises deemed a nuisance.

Higgins, 23, with the last known address of 179 Lemley St., Strasburg, remains free on bond.

The Shenandoah County Emergency Communications Center received a call at approximately 8:30 p.m., Feb. 19, of a man, identified as Francis Youst, making threats to a woman, a criminal complaint states. Strasburg police Officer P.A. Bernd contacted the woman by telephone who indicated that the man making threats lives at 179 Lemley St. The man threatened to do physical harm and she believed he was a convicted felon and had a firearm, the complaint states. Youst was wanted on a bench warrant out of Frederick County.

The officer went to the Lemley Street address in an attempt to make contact and found the home vacant. Approximately 30-60 seconds after the officer left, Bernd states he saw a vehicle he knew was registered to Higgins pull into the driveway. The victim told the officer Youst likely was with Higgins and she believed the firearm was inside the vehicle, the complaint states. The officer stopped the vehicle and, believing the suspect had a firearm, searched Higgins. The complaint states the officer found approximately 3 1/2 grams of marijuana in Higgins’ jacket pocket. The officer found approximately one-half gram of white powder in the vehicle, the complaint states. Higgins claimed responsibility for the substance that he described as cocaine, the complaint states.

Another criminal complaint states that Bernd went to Higgins’ address in an attempt to find a wanted person. Bernd states he encountered the accused in the driveway and, during the investigation, found a personal amount of marijuana and cocaine, the complaint states. Bernd placed Higgins under arrest. The officer notes that at the time of the arrest Higgins had his young daughter inside the vehicle.

Bernd obtained and executed a search warrant at the Lemley Street residence and recovered approximately 112 grams, or 4 ounces, of marijuana, with a street value of $1,200; a digital scale; plastic bags; a glass container with residue likely that of hashish oil wax; and two packets labeled Suboxone, the brand name of buprenorphine.

Bernd conducted a follow-up interview with Higgins on Feb. 20 at which point the accused confessed to possessing all of the listed narcotics, the complaint states. Higgins acknowledged that he sells marijuana to supplement his income; that the glass container contained hashish oil wax; that he planned to sell the buprenorphine to a friend who is addicted to heroin; and he has sold marijuana from the residence in his daughter’s presence, the complaint states.

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