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Washington County Virginia Sheriff's Office

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

On February 7, 2018, at approximately 8:30 pm, two federal search warrants were executed in Damascus VA, by the DEA, ATF, members of the Washington County VA Sheriff’s Office, Damascus Police Department and the Abingdon Police Department for Ralph Wayne Howard’s residence at, 423 Douglas Drive, Damascus VA and his business Cowboys Market at 111 Douglas Drive, Damascus VA. According to Washington County Sheriff, Fred Newman, the result of the searches yielded methamphetamine and firearms, resulting in the arrest of Ralph Wayne Howard. Ralph Wayne Howard, age 52, of 423 Douglas Drive, Damascus VA, was charged with four felony charges, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of firearm with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Howard was transported to the Abingdon Facility of the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail where he is being held without bond.