A Peterstown man was behind bars Wednesday after a search warrant served at his residence resulted in the largest seizure in Monroe County in more than three decades, State Police said.

Sgt. J.C. Miller said Anthony Wade Handy, 46, was arrested on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm after troopers searched his residence Monday.

Miller said police seized 13 firearms, $11,000 in cash and drugs. Three of the firearms were handguns and 10 were long guns, he said. There were no assault weapons seized.

“This is the largest seizure I know of in Monroe County since 1974,” Miller said.

Miller said the search and subsequent arrest were the result of an investigation that had been ongoing for several weeks.

Other charges against Handy are being considered by the prosecutor’s office, he said.

Handy was arraigned Tuesday and his bond was set at $130,000. He was being held at Southern Regional Jail.

Troopers involved in the investigation included Miller, Trooper 1st Class Jerry Davis, Senior Trooper Mark Horton and Cpl. Scott Keaton.

— Perry is a member of The Bluefield Daily Telegraph editorial staff.

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