Synthetic drugs found at Coeburn business
The regional drug task force expects charges to be placed in the near future against a St. Paul man suspected of involvement with synthetic drug distribution.
On Jan. 22, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office executed a Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force search warrant on a business in Coeburn, according to a press release.
Officers searching Roadside Service Center, 10925 Norton-Coeburn Rd., found 4.4 pounds of synthetic cannabinoid with a street value of $20,200.
Police seized three vehicles valued at $20,000 belonging to the service center’s owner, Bradford Levi Moore, according to the release, along with a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol and $2,311 in cash.
Another search targeted the home of Moore, 35, of St. Paul. Sheriff’s deputy Lt. Larry Mullins, who is assigned to the task force, said Tuesday that officers can’t discuss whether anything of interest to the case was found there.
The vehicles, weapon and cash that were seized at the business are evidence in the investigation, he said.
Moore was not arrested and has not been charged at this time, Mullins said. When asked if charges are pending, Mullins said yes, and they could be handed down when a multijurisdictional grand jury meets again, probably in February.
The task force has been and continues to investigate suspected drug activity involving Roadside Service Center, Mullins said.
Also participating in the searches were Coeburn police, Virginia State Police, the county commonwealth attorney’s office, the U.S. postal inspector’s office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.