DOBSON — The execution of a search warrant Friday led to the arrest of two Mount Airy residents on an array of drug charges, including trafficking in cocaine.
Members of the Surry County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by Mount Airy police, conducted the search at 125 Cathedral Lane, the residence of Edward McKinley France, 38, and Pearly Mae Wright, 35.
As they approached the home, officers allegedly detected a strong odor of burning marijuana coming from inside.
After the sheriff’s tactical team made entry into the residence, France was located in a back bedroom and Wright in the living room.
The search included a wooded area behind the house, where investigators located about 90 grams of crack-cocaine during what officers on the scene described as an “Easter egg”-style search because of the way the suspects had hidden the drug in various locations throughout the area.
Officers located crack cocaine concealed in PVC pipes, some scattered along the ground and hidden in a hollow tree. The largest quantity of crack cocaine and several alprazolam dosage units were discovered inside a heavy-duty plastic “dry bag” commonly used to store items during water sport events.
A search of the residence itself turned up a small amount of marijuana, burnt marijuana cigarettes and drug paraphernalia used to package controlled substances for sale, according to police.
France and Wright were each charged with trafficking in cocaine, maintaining a drug dwelling, possession with intent to sell and deliver alprazolam, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Bond was set by a Surry County magistrate at $150,000 secured for France and $100,000 for Wright.