Break-in investigation leads to drug charges

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A Hillsville man called police to his home to investigate a break-in. Officers reportedly found drugs and untaxed alcohol inside.

By Staff Reports

HILLSVILLE — A 54-year-old Hillsville man called town police to investigate a break-in at his home, but now faces several charges himself after officers found illegal drugs and alcohol during their time at the residence.
Police responded to the home of Michael Andrew Reece on Sept. 16 on the initial report, according to Chief Greg Bolen.
“Through a follow-up investigation that resulted in a search warrant being obtained by First Sgt. Robby Martin, Reece’s home was searched by Hillsville Police and the narcotics and alcohol were found,” according to a news release. “Approximately 300 or more pills of oxycodone and hydrocodone were found during the search, as well as the alcohol.”
As a result, officers charged Reece with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance for the schedule II and schedule III substances with the intent to manufacture, sell give or distribute; as well as two misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of untaxed alcoholic beverages.
The magistrate set a secured bond of $9,000 for Reece to be released from the regional jail.
Participating in the search at the home were Martin, Master Police Officer Dennis Boyer, Officer Billy Anauo, Capt. James Alderman and Chief Greg Bolen.
“This is part of an aggressive and proactive approach that the department is taking on the drug traffic,” Bolen said.