TAZEWELL, Va. — A six-month investigation has netted an additional 20 indictments in Tazewell County on drug-related charges, officials said.

Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Lee said 20 of 70 individuals originally named in sealed indictments have been arrested and charged as a result of the six-month investigation by the Tazewell County Narcotics Task Force, the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department, the Richlands Police Department, the Tazewell Police Department, the Bluefield Police Department, the Virginia State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Mercer County Drug Task Force.

Lee said the indictments include a range of drug-related offenses, including a case involving the use of the mail to obtain narcotics and another case that involved the distribution of narcotics on a children’s playground area.

“These series of indictments are again the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of different agencies,” Lee said. “I’ve been here for 13 years now, and the level of cooperation with various agencies - state and federal as well as West Virginia - is unprecedented in my opinion. And in prosecuting these types of charges, I can’t say enough about these agencies.”

Lee said additional arrests are anticipated as further indictments are unsealed.

Those indictments announced by Lee include:

• Robert Junior Asbury, II, 31, of Cedar Bluff, Va., conspiracy to sell or distribute marijuana, sale or distribution of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

• Luther Anthony Bowling, 41, of Boissevain, Va., conspiracy to sell or distribute oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance, distribution of oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance.

• Luther Anthony Bowling, 41, of Boissevain, Va., conspiracy to sell or distribute oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance (three counts), distribution of oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance (two counts), possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance, transporting controlled substances into the Commonwealth.

• Chanfrasta Amanda Breedlove, 21, of Richlands, Va., possession of cocaine, a schedule II controlled substance, possession of Hydrocodone, a schedule III controlled substance (misdemeanor), possession of Butorphanol, a schedule IV controlled substance (misdemeanor)

• Jerl Vernon Cantrell, 65, of Red Ash, Va., distribution of Hydrocodone, a schedule III controlled substance (misdemeanor).

• Joshua Adam Cordle, 23, of Cedar Bluff, Va., conspiracy to sell or distribute methadone, a schedule II controlled substance, distribution of methadone, a schedule II controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance on a publicly owned or operated recreation facility.

• Randy Crawford, age unknown, Richlands, Va., sale or distribution of marijuana (three counts)

• Aaron Duane Davis, 25, of Blacksburg, Va., conspiracy to sell or distribute cocaine, a schedule II controlled substance, distribution of cocaine, a schedule II controlled substance.

• Delilah Lynn Flanary, 40, of Richlands, Va., possession of methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana (misdemeanor), possession of controlled paraphernalia (misdemeanor)

• Rhonda Gail Groseclose, 38, of Pocahontas, Va., conspiracy to sell or distribute oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance, distribution of Oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance.

• Rhonda Gail Groseclose, 38, of Pocahontas, Va., conspiracy to sell or distribute oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance (two counts), distribution of oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance (two counts).

• Robert Lynn Harris, Jr., 27, of Honaker, Va., conspiracy to sell or distribute hydrocodone, a schedule III controlled substance, distribution of Hydrocodone, a schedule III controlled substance.

• Letha Marchele Hill, 42, of Cedar Bluff, Va., prescription fraud (six counts).

• Alexa Marie Martinez, 24, of Tazewell, Va., distribution of cocaine, a schedule II controlled substance (four counts), conspiracy to sell or distribute cocaine, a schedule II controlled substance (two counts), criminal solicitation.

• Vickie Maria Rose aka Vickie Maria Rose Byrd, 32, of Cedar Bluff, Va., conspiracy to sell or distribute marijuana, sale or distribution of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

• Danny Lynn Shortt, 55, of Richlands, Va., prescription fraud (12 Counts), distribution of morphine, a schedule II controlled substance.

• James Russell Smith, 43, of Bluefield, Va., distribution of schedule controlled substances to a minor.

• Kenneth Anthony Smith, 25, of Cedar Bluff, Va., possession of methadone, a schedule II controlled substance.

• Shannon Kathleen Smith aka Shannon Kathleen Hurt, 26, of Cedar Bluff, Va., 26, possession of cocaine, a schedule II controlled substance, attempted eluding of a law enforcement officer (misdemeanor), reckless driving (misdemeanor), illegal use of defective or unsafe equipment (misdemeanor)

• Daniel Adam Spears, 20, of Raven, Va., possession of Fentanyl, a schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana (misdemeanor)

• Raymond Harold Stanford, Jr., 35, of Cedar Bluff, Va., distribution of methadone, a schedule II controlled substance (three counts)

• Raymond Harold Stanford, Jr., 35, of Cedar Bluff, Va., conspiracy to sell or distribute methadone, a schedule II controlled substance (two counts), distribution of methadone, a schedule II controlled substance (three counts)

• Jessica Britt Ward, 23, of North Tazewell, Va., conspiracy to sell or distribute cocaine, a schedule II controlled substance, distribution of cocaine, a schedule II controlled substance.

• Carrie Rebecca Williams aka Carrie Rebecca Matney, 30, of Cedar Bluff, Va., distribution of Hydrocodone, a schedule III controlled substance, child abuse.

– Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com



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