Drugs, guns seized near school

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Local police charged four people and seized nearly six pounds of marijuana, 28 guns and $12,800 in cash when they searched a home at 604 Woodlawn Road at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Carroll Sheriff Warren Manning reports.

Carroll Investigators Fred Bobbitt and Venton Smith — working with colleagues from the Hillsville Police Department and the Virginia State Police — got the search warrant for the home of Charles Terry Caudill, 52, the sheriff said.

The search yielded, among other things, about five pounds and 11 ounces of marijuana, leading Caudill to be charged with distribution of more than five pounds of marijuana, possession of a firearm as a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, distribution of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school (Woodlawn across the road) and child endangerment of a juvenile under 18, Manning said.

Police seized guns including pistols, rifles and shotguns.

The marijuana had an estimated street value of $11,000.

Investigators linked a stolen gun to a break-in, and Manning believes that more charges will result from that.

The guns were found in a boat and a covered trailer, both of which were seized, too.

Three others were in the house when officers searched it and also charged:

• Tina Baumgardner, of 67 River Run Lane, Galax — possession of an ounce of marijuana, a class 6 felony.

• Jeremiah James Caudill, of the home — possession of more than three ounces of marijuana.

• Brittany Horton of 26 Old Coon Ridge Parkway — simple misdemeanor possession.

Manning attributed the success of the search warrant to the cooperation of the three law enforcement agencies. He declined to say what sparked the investigation.

The elder Caudill will be arranged in Carroll County General District Court Friday. No bond had been set Wednesday afternoon.

"It was a good bust because we got that much off the street," Manning said.