Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 10, 2012

Tazewell sees first indictment on bath salts drug

TAZEWELL, Va. — A Tazewell County Grand Jury has handed down an indictment in the county’s first case relating to the recently criminalized drug known as bath salts.

Danny Thomas Blankenship, 34, of Doran, Va., has been indicted on possession of methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), a Schedule I controlled substance, according to Tazewell County Commonwealth’s Attorney Dennis Lee. Commonly referred to as “bath salts,” MDPV was officially classified as a Schedule I substance by the federal government in October 2011.

“This is the first case and we are hoping the last case of bath salts in the county,” Lee said. “As far as punishment, schedule I drugs are dangerous drugs with no medical purpose such as heroin or LSD. Bath salts are a hybrid between methamphetamine and hallucinogens. It carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. With things like meth and bath salts, you have no idea what they’re putting into that drug or what they are cooking it with.”

Rickey Allen Price, 53, of Richlands, Va., was indicted on charges of indecent liberties with a minor.

“He enticed a child under the age of 12 into a mobile home for indecent purposes,” Lee said. “This initially came to light through neighbors who witnessed something they thought was inappropriate between Mr. Price and this minor. They informed the mother who contacted police. He is facing a class 5 felony and up to 10 years in prison.”

Terry Oscar Rollins, 63, of Tazewell, Va., was indicted on charges of failure to register as a sex offender.

“This is a superseding indictment,” Lee said. “He was previously indicted on charges of aggravated sexual battery in the 1990s. During that time, he left the country and had to be brought back. I believe he was in Thailand. The U.S. Marshals and Virginia State Police Fugitive Unit had him extradited back here. This superseding indictment was issued about a year ago and Mr. Rollins has been back in this country for about a year and a half.”

According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Patrick McClintock, two subjects were indicted on charges related to an escape from a Tazewell Regional Jail work detail as well as attempts to smuggle drugs into the Tazewell Regional Jail.

Amanda Gale Greene, 29, of Cedar Bluff, Va., has been indicted on charges of conspiracy, two counts of delivery of drugs to a prisoner, a misdemeanor count of accessory after the fact, and a misdemeanor trespassing charge. Her codefendant Michael David McCroskey, 26, of Tazewell, Va., has been indicted on charges of conspiracy, escape from a prison facility, possession of hydrocodone while an inmate, possession of clonazepam while an inmate, and a misdemeanor trespassing charge.

“Mr. McCroskey was an inmate at the Tazewell Regional Jail facility,” McClintock said. “Ms. Greene is a codefendant with him in an attempt to deliver drugs to the prison. Mr. McCroskey was on a work crew and left from the work crew rather than from the jail facility. They were in each other’s company during the time he was at large, but we do not believe she was attempting to pick him up at this time. He was already incarcerated and she charged with planning with him to deliver drugs to the jail. She is charged with the delivery and he is charged with possession. Accessory after the fact to the escape.”

Joshua Heath Lane Jones, 22, of Cedar Bluff, Va., was indicted on charges of eluding a law enforcement officer, two counts of attempted malicious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer and a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving resulting from a high speed chase with police, Lee said.

“The chase began on Oct. 24 at 4 a.m.,” Lee said. “Officers with the sheriff’s department received a be-on-the-lookout for a reckless driver. Mr. Jones led officers on a chase for an hour from Route 460 down to the Richlands area. He apparently swerved at police officers on the road during the chase and they were forced to put down spike strips to stop the vehicle. This incident involved officers with Russell County, Tazewell County and the Richlands Town Police.”

According to McClintock, Jesse Coneley Peery, Jr., 48, of North Tazewell, Va., was indicted on charges of attempted malicious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer, eluding a law enforcement officer, failure to give signal, a misdemeanor count of illegal use of defective or unsafe equipment, and a misdemeanor failure to drive on the right side of a highway stemming from a traffic stop in the town of Tazewell.

“This was a traffic matter that devolved from a traffic stop officers of the Tazewell Police Department on March 26, 2011,” McClintock said. “It occurred in the town of Tazewell. The malicious bodily injury charge comes from the manner in which he was operating his vehicle. He put the car in motion during the traffic stop, which endangered the officer.”

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