Two people facing felony drug charges — one of them with a bad cough — were ordered released on their own recognizance after a bond hearing Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court.
Shawn D. Evans, 45, and Vanessa Ann Hunter, 50, were charged with maintaining a common nuisance for the distribution of drugs, possession with intent to distribute drugs and related offenses after their home on the 800 block of Woodland Way was raided Wednesday morning by the county Narcotics Task Force and agents of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
A third person, Corey Devon Hart, 22, same address, was charged with possession with intent to distribute drugs, but was released on his own recognizance, the document said.
A search of the residence turned up more than 2 pounds of marijuana, about 1 ounce of crack cocaine and about 1 1/2 ounces of powder cocaine, the document said. An unspecified amount of cash was also found.
Hunter and Hart were in the house, and Evans was picked up in a traffic stop on South Burhans Boulevard, the document said.
Throughout his bond hearing, Evans coughed loudly and said he wanted out of jail to see a doctor.
Deputy State’s Attorney Gina Cirincion told District Judge Terry A. Myers that Evans was convicted of drug distribution in 2009 and had other drug convictions, as well as two convictions in North Carolina for illegally discharging a firearm.
No firearm was found in the residence, Cirincion told Myers. She also noted that Hunter’s only conviction was for possession of drugs in 1995.
Assistant Public Defender Thomas Robins asked that Evans be released, citing this week’s order from Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals telling courts that the vulnerability of defendants to the coronavirus should be taken into account in deciding whether a person should be incarcerated.
Evans has asthma and bronchitis, Robins said. During the hearing, it was noted that Evans was taken to Meritus Medical Center after his arrest and tested negative for the coronavirus.