Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 22, 2012

47 indicted on drug charges

CEDAR BLUFF, Va. — Distribution of controlled substances including heroin — rarely seen in Tazewell County — are among the many indictments handed down by a special session of the Tazewell County Grand Jury.

A list of 47 individuals facing 52 indictments — a total of 138 charges — was released Thursday during a Tazewell County Narcotics Task Force press conference at Cedar Bluff Town Hall. The Cedar Bluff Police Department recently joined the task force, said Commonwealth’s Attorney Dennis Lee. Many of the people indicted are now in jail, but police are still seeking other individuals on the list.

The indictments represented the culmination of 12 months of collaborative investigative work by the task force, Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, Richlands Police Department, Tazewell Police Department, Bluefield, Va. Police Department, Virginia State Police and the Cedar Bluff Police Department, Lee said.

“Our task force has been very busy for the last six months to a year,” Lee stated. “And what you see in the way of this press release is a portion of the work that they have done. It seems like the job is never done. As you can see by this press release, the number of drugs involved is wide and varied from methamphetamine to oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrcondone and, unfortunately, to my knowledge, the first case in Tazewell County for someone being charged with the distribution of heroin.”

 “That’s a very disturbing fact. One of the things that Southwest Virginia has had the fortune of dodging or avoiding over the years is heroin in the area. I’m hoping this is an aberration and not the start of something new,” Lee said

Heroin is extremely potent, and it can be even more dangerous than misused pain medication, he said. Addicts using pain pills know the dosage they are getting, but the situation is different with heroin.

“With the drug heroin, you never know what you’re getting,” Lee said. “You’re literally playing Russian roulette every time you snort or shoot up the drug, not knowing the potency, not knowing what it’s cut with, and not knowing the effect it might give you. Some of the other drugs that have the same issues with them are cocaine, methamphetamine and bath salts.”

Some drug manufacturers are changing their products, Lee said. Makers of the drug Opana say they are working on a “crush proof, abuse proof” version of the drug that will be available by the end of summer, Lee said.

Another problem is with “bath salts that are an amphetamine with a hallucinogenic quality, Lee said, adding that its effect reminded him of bizarre and violent acts committed by users of the drug PCP. Enforcing prohibitions against it has been difficult because its makers will try to avoid the law by changing their products’ formulas.

Companies that sell such products “are drug dealers, pure and simple,” he said.

“Our task force has worked diligently. These men are dedicated and are working day and night on developing new areas of investigation, new targets and hopefully clean the streets,” Lee said.

Prescription drugs, many of them from pain clinics in Florida and Maryland, are still the county’s main drug problem, but methamphetamine and other substances are making inroads, Lee said.

Many of the investigations begin when residents notice unusual activity in their communities and report it, said Sheriff Brian Hieatt. He pointed out the long list of indictments.

“What you’re looking at is several months of investigations and lots of hard work,” he said.

“If you see an officer, give them a pat on the back or at least say thank you for the work that you do,” said Chief  Dave Mills of the Cedar Bluff Police Department.

Individuals -some listed twice if they are in separate cases- who are wanted by law enforcement include:

• Eddie Dean Bucklin, 39, of North Tazewell:  distribution of hydromorphone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

• Gregory Kermit Cantrell, 46, of Cedar Bluff,  Va.:  distribution of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

• James Dean Cantrell, 46, of Richlands, Va.: possession of oxycodone, a Schedule II  controlled substance; possession of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance; possession of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance; driving while intoxicated (misdemeanor); refusal (misdemeanor); driving on a suspended or revoked operator’s license (misdemeanor) (two counts).

• Lahama Sue Harris, 43, of Raven, Va.: distribution of an imitation controlled substance (two counts).

• Christina Beth Honaker, 31, of Raven, Va.: distribution of hydromorphone, a Schedule II controlled substance; conspiracy to sell or distribute oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance; distribution of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

• Christina Beth Honaker, 31, of Raven, Va.: distribution of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance (two counts).

• Michael Lee Millard, 46, of Doran, Va.: possession of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance; possession of hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance (misdemeanor) (two counts); possession of alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance (misdemeanor) (two counts); possession of Diazepam, a Schedule IV controlled substance (misdemeanor); possession of Estradiol, a Schedule VI controlled substance (misdemeanor); and possession of marijuana (misdemeanor) (two counts).

• Loryn Tina Shelton, 29, of Richlands, Va.:  distribution of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance; distribution of Alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance.

• Teresa Holly Short, 55, of Cedar Bluff, Va.: distribution of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

•Anthony Benjamin Russell Testerman, 51, of Marion, Va.: distribution of methylphenidate, a Schedule II controlled substance.

• Jeffrey Allen Vance, 26, of Bluefield, Va.: conspiracy to sell or distribute cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance; and distribution of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

• John Trevor Vilacha, 33, of North Tazewell, Va.: distribution of imitation controlled substance (two counts).

• Amanda Graham White, 23, of Doran, Va.: conspiracy to sell or distribute heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance; distribution of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance; and possession with intent to distribute heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance.

The special session of the Tazewell County Grand Jury handed down the following indictments. In some cases, individuals are listed twice to represent each investigation resulting in an indictment.:

• Stephanie Renee Arrington, 20, of Swords Creek, Va.: conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance; manufacturing of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance; and possession of two or more substances with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

• Teddy Ruble Arwood, 49, of Richlands, Va.: sale or distribution of marijuana;  distribution of oxymorphone, a Schedule II controlled substance; distribution of hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance; and distribution of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

• Jeannie Sue Beavers, 31, of Cedar Bluff, Va.: distribution of oxymorphone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

• Tiffany Joy Bowman, 26, of North Tazewell, Va.; distribution of hydromorphone, a Schedule II controlled substance (two counts).

• Kimberly Dawn Calfee, 37, of Bluefield, Va.: conspiracy to sell or distribute marijuana (three counts); sale or distribution of marijuana (three counts); and possession of marijuana (misdemeanor).

• Ronnie Lee Carty, 43, of Richlands, Va.: possession of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

•  Teddy Vaughn Collins, 53, of Richlands, Va.: distribution of oxymorphone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

• Furlin Lee Dye, 56, of Richlands, Va.: possession of buprenorphine, a Schedule II controlled substance (misdemeanor).

• Laura Renee Dye, 23, of Doran, Va.: conspiracy to sell or distribute heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance; distribution of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance; and possession with intent to distribute heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance.

• Tiffiany Danelle Griffith, 28, of Richlands, Va.: conspiracy to sell or distribute oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance; and distribution of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

• Ira Douglas Jackson, Jr., 39, of Richlands, Va.: conspiracy to sell or distribute oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance; distribution of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance (two counts); conspiracy to sell or distribute marijuana; and sale or distribution of marijuana.

• Willie Graham Jackson, 80, of Richlands, Va.; distribution of an imitation controlled substance.

•  Summer Nicole Justice, 25, of Bluefield: conspiracy to sell or distribute marijuana (two counts); and sale or distribution of marijuana (two counts).

• Summer Nicole Justice, 25, of Bluefield: conspiracy to sell or distribute marijuana; and sale or distribution of marijuana.

• Grady Donald Keene, 57, of Doran, Va.: distribution of suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance.

• Sundra Denise Knuckles, 39, of Cedar Bluff, Va.: distribution of buprenorphine, a Schedule III controlled substance (three counts).

• Sundra Denise Knuckles, 39, of Cedar Bluff, Va.: distribution of buprenorphine, a Schedule III controlled substance (two counts); and distribution of clonazepam, a Schedule IV controlled substance.

•Adam Paul Lester, 23, of Pounding Mill, Va.: conspiracy to sell or distribute oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance; and distribution of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

• Jack Willard Long, Jr., 52, of Cedar Bluff, Va.: distribution of an imitation controlled substance.

• Wendell Darnell Mabe, 50, of North Tazewell, Va.: distribution of hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance (two counts); distribution of morphine, a Schedule II controlled substance (four counts); and distribution of imitation controlled substance.

• Joseph Elias McCoy, 24, of Pounding Mill, Va.: distribution of hydromorphone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

• Kathy Renee Mullins, 38, of Cedar Bluff, Va.: distribution of burpenorphine, a Schedule II controlled substance; and child endangerment.

• Elizabeth Laura Newsome, aka Elizabeth Laura Ann Moore, 24, of Cedar Bluff, Va.: distribution of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance; and distribution of hydromorphone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

•Richard Lee Newsome, 29, of Cedar Bluff, Va.: distribution of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, third or subsequent offense (two counts).

• John Jason Peery, 30, of Tazewell, Va.: distribution of hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance.

• Britney Storm Ratliff, 20, of Cedar Bluff, Va.: distribution of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, second offense; and distribution of hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance.

• Marvin Eugene Sparks III, 25, of Tazewell, Va.: conspiracy to sell or distribute cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance; and distribution of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

• Derek Alan Stinson, 23, of Bluefield, Va.: possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

• Nathaniel Ryan Tatum, 32, of Jewell Ridge, Va.: manufacturing of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance; possession of two or more substances with intent to manufacture methamphetamine; and possession of controlled paraphernalia (misdemeanor).

• Brenda Brewster Vencill, aka Brenda Darnell Brewster, 54, of Raven, Va.: possession of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

• Keisha Jean Wingo, 24, of North Tazewell, Va.: conspiracy to sell or distribute cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance; and distribution of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

• Michael Edward Wingo, 26, of North Tazewell, Va.: conspiracy to sell or distribute cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance; and distribution of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance (two counts).�

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