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Warren County drug investigation results in seizure of $8K in methamphetamine, loaded handgun

WARREN COUNTY, NJ – A five-month long drug investigation in Warren County has led to the arrest of a New York man, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

During the course of the investigation, Brian I. Virola, 32, of New York allegedly sold approximately 882 methamphetamine pills to persons working with the invest­igation. The street value of the pills seized is approximately $8,000, authorities said.

During a search of Virola at the time of his arrest, police also discovered a handgun loaded with hollow-point rounds in an extended magazine, the prosecutor’s office said.

Virola was charged with second-degree possession with intent to distribute over one-half ounce of methamphetamine, two counts possession of a controlled dangerous substance, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, fourth-degree possession of an extended magazine, fourth-degree possession of hollow point ammunition, and second-degree possession of a firearm during the course of committing a CDS offense.

The New Jersey State Police, in conjunction with the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, conducted the investigation.

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