Drug investigation leads to child neglect charge

Michael Vanhook, photo courtesy Newport News Police.
Michael Vanhook, photo courtesy Newport News Police.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A 33-year-old Newport News man is facing a slew of charges after officers say they found a 13-year-old in a motel room along with drug paraphernalia.

Harold Eley with the Newport News Police Department told WAVY.com officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle March 27 around 11:15 p.m. Officers reportedly spotted a firearm under the passenger seat and neither the driver nor the passenger had a concealed weapon permit.

The gun was found to be stolen out of Hampton. The driver, Brandon Robinson, 28, of Newport News was charged with possession of a stolen firearm and driving while revoked while the passenger, Michael Vanhook, 33, of Newport News was charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Further investigation found drugs and a large sum of cash on Vanhook, Eley said. Officers were led to a motel room rented by Vanhook, where a 13-year-old boy was found alone along with drug paraphernalia in plain view.

A search warrant uncovered suspected crack cocaine and materials for processing and packaging drugs. Additional warrants were obtained for Vanhook for drug possession with intent to manufacture/sell as well as child neglect.

Child Protective Services was called and the boy was released to relatives at the scene.

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