Charley KingreaA Fluvanna County businessman, who owns a jewelry store near Palmyra, has been arrested on drug charges in Charlottesville.

He also faces other drug charges in Fluvanna.

Charley F. Kingrea, 45, the owner of CK Jewelers, faces four drug-related felonies that are alleged to have occurred on Oct. 5, according to court documents. Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement (JADE) task force officers arrested Kingrea on that same day.

A Fluvanna County businessman, who owns a jewelry store near Palmyra, has been arrested on drug charges in Charlottesville.

He also faces other drug charges in Fluvanna.

Charley F. Kingrea, 45, the owner of CK Jewelers, faces four drug-related felonies that are alleged to have occurred on Oct. 5, according to court documents. Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement (JADE) task force officers arrested Kingrea on that same day.

JADE agents also searched Kingrea’s jewelry store, located on Turkeysag Trail, looking for illegal drugs, according to court documents filed at the Fluvanna County Circuit Court clerk’s office. The search also took place on Oct. 5.
Kingrea’s lawyer, David Heilberg of Charlottesville, would not comment on the charges or the search.

Three of the charges Kingrea faces are felonies under the state code which prohibits the “manufacturing, selling, giving, distributing, or possessing with intent to manufacture, sell, give, or distribute a controlled substance or an imitation controlled substance,” according to court documents filed in General District Court in Charlottesville. The fourth charge is for a “drug sale on, near school, library.”

According to an affidavit filed in support of a warrant to search the jewelry store for “illegal narcotics,” the task force agents “anticipated a buy/bust operation to take place” involving Kingrea as the “suspect of the operation.”

“A cooperative individual has given information to members of the JADE task force that Kingrea is dealing in prescription drugs and has offered to sell a quantity of prescription pills to the cooperative individual,’’ according to the affidavit. “Anticipating the illegal sale of prescription pills, an anticipatory search warrant is being requested…”
The affidavit noted that the drug transaction, set for Oct. 5, would be captured by audio and video. The location of the drug bust was not revealed.

Lt. David R. Wells of the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office said deputies assisted JADE in serving the search warrant at the jewelry store. Authorities confiscated a .357 magnum pistol and “numerous” pills from the store, according to court papers.

A Fluvanna County grand jury indicted Kingrea on Monday (Oct. 22) on two counts under the state code which prohibits selling of controlled substances and two counts of possessing a gun while selling schedule I and II drugs.