Guns seized from Roanoke business with alleged ties to drug trafficking

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Guns seized from Roanoke business amid drug trafficking investigation

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency took a number of guns from a Roanoke business this week.

Federal agents say After Hours Your 1 Stop Shop is linked to a drug trafficking ring.

Agents searched three properties in the 2-thousand block of Centre Avenue Northwest, all are owned or controlled by Robert Steelman Jr. and James Robert Banks.

A search warrant shows agents recovered two shotguns, one rifle, and a handgun after searching the business around 12:10 p.m. Monday.

An affidavit obtained by WFXR states between July 2019 and continuing through December, law enforcement officers conducted surveillance of the garage and observed banks distribute narcotics from the garage on more than one occasion.

Federal court documents also show investigators obtained information about Banks’ drug trafficking activities from a number of confidential informants.

One informant identified Banks as a current supply for narcotics in the Roanoke Valley, working in conjunction with his brother, Marcos Banks.

Another informant who was being held on state charges for drug possession and distribution also described buying narcotics from Banks on more than one occasion at “his dad’s shop,” referencing the Centre Avenue garage.

A third informant who was a self-admitted drug user and distributor, met with law enforcement over the spring/summer of 2019 and stated that both James and Marcos Banks sold cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.

That informant also said the two kept their narcotics at their dad’s Centre Avenue garage, including hiding them in cars at the garage.

This is a developing story.

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