A search of a Bridgewater home conducted late last year by Virginia game wardens seeking illegal deer parts hasn’t resulted in any hunting-related charges; however, the search did end in drug-and gun-related indictments Monday.
A Rockingham County grand jury indicted Ray Eppard, 31, on two felony counts of methamphetamine manufacturing, one felony count of possession of a precursor to manufacturing methamphetamine, one felony count of drug possession and felony gun possession.
Court documents state that Eppard used a "shake-and-bake" method to make methamphetamine.
Following his indictment, Eppard appeared in Rockingham County Circuit Court.
During the hearing, Judge Bruce Albertson scheduled Eppard to appear in court for a plea hearing May 19.
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries agents searched the home, located in the 5500 block of Mossy Creek Road, on Nov. 26.
Officers seized several dozen buck racks ranging from 4 points to 12 points. Agents also seized two firearms, a spotlight, a laptop and a cellphone.
The investigation began Nov. 25, when a source told game wardens that he and two other men had participated in the harvesting of illegal game throughout the year prior, according to an affidavit filed in circuit court.
The source told wardens that the trio illegally harvested game in Augusta, Rockingham and Highland counties in Virginia, as well as Pendleton County, W.Va.
The source said he saw several dozen deer antlers — obtained illegally, according to his claims — inside an outbuilding, also referred to as a rack-shack, on the Bridgewater property, the document states.
Eppard was arrested the day of the raid and is being held at the Rockingham County Jail without bond.
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