Two drug raids carried out by Salisbury Police on Thursday turned up lots of drugs, as well as a gun that police say isn't quite what is appears to be at first glance.
Just after noon on Thursday police executed a search warrant at an apartment located at 711 S. Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, Apt 471. Investigators discovered 122 grams of marijuana, digital scales, and $618 in cash.
Jonathan Toby Hoffler, 26, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and selling drugs within 300 feet of school property. The last charge relates to the fact that the apartment is located within 300 feet of a daycare center.
Police also discovered what appeared to be a silver 9mm handgun, but was actually a BB gun.
"It was extremely realistic. A lot of the fake ones are supposed to have an orange tip and this one obviously doesn't, so that way it appears as it would. Now I think anybody would look at that and think it's a real handgun," an undercover officer who worked the raid told WBTV. "There's an actual drop down clip to make it look even more realistic because any type of handgun would have a clip that you load the bullets into."
Bond was set at $10,000 for Hoffler.
At nearly the same time officers also raided a home at 316 S. Shaver Street. According to the report, officers seized 134 grams of marijuana, digital scales, seven .22 cal bullets, sixteen 12 gauge shotgun shells, two cell phones, $452 cash, and a shoe box containing sandwich bags of the type that are typically used in the drug trade.
Latoya Sherrell Bost, 28, and Telvin Maurice Morgan, 23, both of the home were charged with drug possession, maintaining a dwelling for the sale and delivery of drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $10,000.