Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 11, 2013

Several nabbed in drug sweep

By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WELCH — A Wednesday morning warrant round up conducted by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department resulted in multiple arrests for drug violations.

The operation began at 9 a.m. when deputies started making arrests in the Big Creek District of McDowell County. Ages of the persons arrested were not available, but all of them were adults, said Sheriff Martin B. West.

Arrests made during the sweep are part of ongoing investigations by the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, said Sgt. James E. Muncy. Most of the investigations involved controlled drug buys. Some of the cases have been ongoing since January.

Prescription medications such as oxycodone and hydrocodone were part of the cases, Muncy said.

Most of the people arrested in the round up were being transported Wednesday afternoon to the Southwest Regional Jail in Logan County, he said.

Those arrested and charged included:

• Jerry Blackwell, three counts of delivery of a schedule 3 controlled substance. He was arraigned by Magistrate Richard VanDyke and bond was set at $75,000.

• Christina Hagerman, two counts of delivery of a schedule 3 controlled substance. She was arraigned by Magistrate Danny Mitchell and bond was set at $30,000.

• Fredrick Keen, one count of delivery of a schedule 2 controlled substance. He was arraigned by Magistrate Richard VanDyke and bond was set at $25,000.

• Preston Keen, one count of delivery of a schedule 2 controlled substance. He was arraigned by Magistrate Richard VanDyke and bond was set at $25,000.

• David Grose, three counts of delivery of a schedule 2 controlled substance and one count of conspiracy. He was arraigned by Magistrate Danny Mitchell and bond was set at $80,000.

• Benny Wilson Jr., one count of delivery of a schedule 2 controlled substance and one count of conspiracy. He was arraigned by Magistrate Danny Mitchell and bond was set at $30,000.

One person was arrested during the round up, Stuart Lee Baker, who is facing one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and was later released on bond, Muncy said. Baker was not part of the investigations, but he was at one residence when deputies arrived. He allegedly had oxycodone in his possession.

More arrests are forthcoming, West added.