Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 29, 2013

Tazewell nail salon owner faces multiple drug charges

TAZEWELL, Va. — The pretrial hearing for a Tazewell County nail salon owner facing multiple drug-related charges was continued Monday.

Sep Zu Ha, 29, of Tazewell, was indicted on 22 counts in December relating to the sale and distribution of marijuana and controlled substances. Tazewell County Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Lee said Ha’s pre-trial hearing Monday was rescheduled for Feb. 25 due to the amount of evidence in the case.

“We have just a tremendous amount of documentation, evidence and videos in this case,” Lee said “His lawyer asked that the case be continued until they could have adequate time to go through all of that material.”

Ha — who also goes by the names Jusep Ha and Chingy — faces seven counts of possession or distribution of a controlled substance on school or public property, four counts of distribution of schedule I or II controlled substances, five counts of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of distribution of a schedule II controlled substance, three counts of conspiracy to distribute a schedule I or II controlled substance, and distribution of marijuana.

Tazewell Police Chief DeWitt Cooper previously told the Daily Telegraph that Ha had several firearms at his residence and at Star Nails in Tazewell, which he owned. Cooper said Ha allegedly sold drugs at Tazewell High School, local parks as well as out of his nail salon and personal residence.

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