Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 21, 2012

Beckley man is facing multiple drug counts

BECKLEY — One man is facing several felony drug charges after an ongoing Beckley Police investigation recovered large amounts of oxycodone, heroin and meth from his home, according to Detective Lt. Gant Montgomery.

David Bryant, 44, of Edwards Street, was charged with three counts of possession with intent to deliver after a search warrant was executed at his home, Montgomery said.

The investigation began after police received a tip from a confidential informant regarding Bryant, who was staying at a local hotel and was selling large amounts of narcotics, Montgomery explained. After police conducted surveillance, a traffic stop at the hotel subsequently led them to Bryant’s home on Edwards Street, which police referred to as a “stash house.”

Montgomery said a small amount of heroin was recovered from the car, as well as $4,100 in cash, but the search warrant on Bryant’s home seized 100 grams of heroin, the largest amount Montgomery said he had ever seen in his 13-year career at BPD.

Additionally, 385 30-milligram oxycodone tablets were recovered as well as approximately 7 grams of meth, Montgomery said, adding the total street value of all drugs seized was estimated at over $26,000.

A rifle, other drug paraphernalia and $2,700 in cash were also recovered from Bryant’s home, he added.

“This was a great bust,” Montgomery said. “Not only did we recover huge amounts of drugs that, because of this, will no longer hit the street, but we also took into custody a dangerous man, helping to ensure the safety of our citizens.”

Bryant maintains several past convictions on felony drug charges and has served time in a federal prison, Montgomery explained.

Beckley Police Detectives Sgt. Jason McDaniel and Cpl. Bryan Atterson assisted Montgomery, as well as Sgt. Jim Canaday and Detective Gary Epling from the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department.

Bryant was remanded to Southern Regional Jail on $500,000 bond.

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