FRONT ROYAL – Details from officials are slim about a Tuesday night multi-jurisdictional task force executing a search warrant in town.
“Members of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force executed a search warrant Tuesday evening (July 9) at a residence in the 200 block of South Royal Avenue in Front Royal. The search warrant is related to an ongoing task force investigation,” stated Corrine Geller, spokesperson for the Virginia State Police, in a prepared statement.
“Charges are pending related to the investigation,” said Geller.
Geller declined to discuss if potential evidence was found and removed from the home.
A search warrant filed in Warren County Circuit Court, however, indicates law enforcement seized some items.
The warrant states the drug task force entered the home to look for records and documents pertaining to the sale and use of illegal narcotics.
A list of items shows the task force seized two cellphones; paraphernalia; a white substance; a baggie with crystal substance; a plastic container with a crystal substance; foil with a cigarette; two glass jars listed as containing marijuana; two glass smoking devices; blank checks; digital scales and storage device cards.
The search warrant indicates that on Tuesday the drug task force conducted a controlled purchase at 228 S. Royal Ave. The confidential informant was given $100 to purchase what was suspected to be methamphetamine.
Taira Woodson heard and witnessed the raid, pointing out the home on Royal Avenue close to Prospect Street.
“I was inside my house and heard two bangs,” Woodson said.
She described the bangs as when flashbang grenades are used.
She walked out and saw first responders had Royal Avenue blocked off. There were law enforcement officers entering the home.
She noticed the house they were entering, which is normally dark, had lights on.
Woodson did not see officers bring anyone out of the home nor did she see them bring any items out. The home had been raided about six months before, she said.
The Northern Virginia Daily attempted to confirm other details of the raid and if it had been raided before. Geller said the prepared statement was all the information they would provide, citing the ongoing investigation. She refused to confirm or deny any of Woodson's statements about the location of the home, a previous raid on the home, and the use of flashbang grenades.
She also refused to answer what law enforcement agencies that are part of the task force participated in the raid.