Law enforcement officers of the Southern Regional Drug & Violent Crime Task Force are currently conducting a drug sweep in Mercer County, according to Mercer County Prosecuting attorney Scott Ash who conducted a press conference for noon today at the Mercer County magistrate court to release information about the suspects arrested in the round-up.
In addition to Ash, other law enforcement officers at the press conference included Mercer County Sheriff D.B. “Don” Meadows, Sgt. M.S. Haynes of the West Virginia State Police, Princeton Police Chief J.W. Howell and Bluefield Police Chief D.M. Dillow.
Meadows said substances running the gamut from prescription pills to crack cocaine.
The Mercer County prosecutor’s office released the following 11 names of the 21 individuals arrested in the roundup: Harry Thomas Hanley, 27, of Bluefield, Jimmy Dale Wright, 56, of Rock, Eric Hendricks, 37, of Bluefield, Ronald Hart, 42, of Montcalm, Gerald Browning, 46, of Montcalm and Travis Mullins, 21, of Montcalm, all on charges of delivery of hydromorphone; Remuel Porterfield, 22, of Princeton, Jaumar Jones, 32, of Bluefield and Earl Sims, 38, of Bluefield, all for delivery of Cocaine; Andre Bryant, 24, of Bluefield for delivery of hydromorphone and cocaine; and Elijah Jones, 35, of McDowell County, for delivery of cocaine and heroin.
For details of the arrests, see Saturday’s edition of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.