Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 3, 2013

Tazewell business owner sentenced to 11 years for drug distribution and firearms charges

TAZEWELL, Va. — A Tazewell County business owner has been sentenced to 11 years in a state penitentiary on drug distribution and firearm charges.

 Sep Zu Ha, also known as Joseph Ha, age 30, of 121 Harman Street, Tazewell, and owner of Stars Nails in North Tazewell, has been sentenced to 96 years and 72 months incarceration on numerous counts of narcotics trafficking and firearms charges, according to Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Lee.

Circuit Court Judge Jack S. Hurley suspended all except 11 years, which Ha will serve as an active sentence.  Lee said Ha worked out of Star Nails, Inc., a North Tazewell, business.

  Ha had previously entered guilty pleas to two counts of distribution of cocaine a schedule I or II controlled substance; one count of distribution of a Alprazolam a schedule IV controlled substance; one count of felony distribution of marijuana; six counts of misdemeanor distribution of marijuana; two counts of distribution of a schedule III controlled substance; one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and five counts of distribution of a scheduled controlled substance on public or school property.  In addition, HA agreed to forfeit all the items that were seized from his home and business the day he was arrested.

For more on the sentencing, see Wednesday’s edition of the Daily Telegraph.


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