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Drug-round up nets 45 arrests in Tazewell County

January 29, 2013
Drug bust catches dozens

By KATE COIL Bluefield Daily Telegraph


Tazewell County Sheriff Bryan Hieatt, Lt. Jason Robinson of the Virginia State Police, Tazewell Police Chief D. Cooper, chief of the Bluefield, Va., Harry Cundiff, and Melanie Menefee, chief Deputy of the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Tazewell County look on as Commonwealth’s Attorney of Tazewell County Dennis Lee speaks during a press conference in the board room of the Bluefield, Va., Town Hall Monday. Staff photo by Eric DiNovo

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BLUEFIELD, Va. — A recent drug roundup in Tazewell County has resulted in the indictment of 45 individuals on 128 charges, officials announced Monday.

Tazewell County Com-monwealth’s Attorney Dennis Lee said 31 of the 45 individuals charged in the recently unsealed indictments are in custody while 14 remain at large.

“As this becomes unfortunately a routine in this area, we have another roundup of individuals who were indicted,” Lee said. “The narcotics run the gambit from heroin to methamphetamine to hydromorphone. Unfortun-ately, we are continuing to see heroin in this area. We never had a distribution of heroin case in Tazewell County until last year, so this is very disturbing. We are also seeing huge numbers of hydromorphone and drugs used in the treatment of drug addiction that people use to hold themselves over or to try to get a fix from.”

Lee said 14 of the indictments remain sealed until the subjects can be arrested.

“Some of these individuals are from out of state or are fugitives,” Lee said. “Our officers are actively searching for them. All of the subjects in custody have been arraigned and many have court dates set in February.”

Lt. Jason Robinson with the Virginia State Police said prescription drugs, oxycodone in particular, remain the largest problem in Tazewell County.

“Marijuana, meth and prescription drugs are the largest problem in Southwest Virginia as a whole,” Robinson said. “Cocaine and meth are not as prevalent. A lot of drugs that are abused have been reformulated. Unfortunately, it is often not until the drug becomes a problem they repackage and reformulate it. Often times, many people turn to new drugs they can access more easily when other drugs are reformulated.”

Lee said the number of drug-related indictments peaked over the course of the past year.

“Since this time last year, we have had 160 people in Tazewell County indicted on drug-related charges,” he said. “This is by far the largest number we have seen. We usually average a little above 100 a year, so 160 is quite a jump. I don’t necessarily think we are seeing more drugs on the streets but that our task force and officers are just working harder than ever.”

Lee said the indictments are the result of investigations undertaken by the Tazewell County Narcotics Task Force, Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, Bluefield, Va., Police Department, Richlands, Va., Police Department, Tazewell, Va., Police Department and Virginia State Police.

“I would like to commend the officers of our narcotics task force,” Lee said. “This is a small handful of officers putting in late hours and overtime, who are faceless and do not get the recognition they deserve.”

Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt said cooperation between all law enforcement agencies in Tazewell County is essential to prosecuting drug offenders.

“It is not that the problem getting worse but rather we are all working together to pursue these cases,” Hieatt said. “We are all working together not only to arrest individuals but to help these people get the help they need. We have been concentrating on rural areas, like Bishop and Abbs Valley. In smaller communities, it is harder to get in and to get information out of people. A lot of times, these people live in a small community but go out to other areas to sell while some stay in their community to sell.”

Bluefield, Va., Police Chief Harry Cundiff said the majority of crimes in the area are drug related and that the public plays a vital role in prosecuting drug offenders.

“This is not the end of this,” Cundiff said. “We encourage people to call the police. Several tips come in to us and we check every one. It can take a while to build a case, however. When you call in a tip and the person isn’t arrested the next day, it doesn’t mean we have ignored your tip. We appreciate all the help we can get, but these things can take time.”

Individuals listed below are presently in custody as the result of indictments handed down during a special session of the Tazewell County Grand Jury. In some cases, individuals are listed twice to represent each investigation resulting in an indictment:

• Virginia Elizabeth Angles, 55, of Bluefield, Va.: conspiracy to sell or distribute a schedule III controlled substance, child endangerment and selling or distributing a schedule III drug (three counts)

• Charles William Benfield, 38, of Pocahontas, Va.: distribution of a schedule I or II controlled substance (3 counts)

• Hendrikus L. Boerboom, 49, of North Tazewell, Va.: distribution of a schedule I or II controlled substance (3 counts)

• Kevin Reese Boerboom, 20, of Bluefield; distribution of a schedule I or II controlled substance

• Michael Calvin Britt, 39, of Tazewell, Va.: distribution of a schedule I or II controlled substance

• Michael Calvin Britt, 39, of Tazewell, Va.: sell or distribution of a schedule II drug (four counts), child endangerment (two counts), conspiracy to sell or distribute a schedule III controlled substance.

• Rickey Dean Chandler, 52, of Bishop, Va.: distribution of a schedule I or II controlled substance

• Zachary Daniel Cordle, 25, of Bluefield, Va.: distribution of a schedule I or II controlled substance (three counts)

• Bridget Harris Fulton, 38, of Bluefield, Va.: sale and distribution of a schedule IV drug

• David Franklin Gardner, 30, of Bluefield, Va.: conspiracy to sell or distribute a schedule I or schedule II controlled substance, distribution of a schedule I or schedule I controlled substance, sale or distribution of a schedule II drug

• Franklin D. Goss, 56, of North Tazewell, Va.: sale or distribution of a schedule IV drug

• Jesika Rian Harkness, 25, of Bluefield, Va.: sale or distribution of a schedule III drug (three counts)

• Christopher Allen Hurt, 22, of Richlands, Va.: sale or distribution of a schedule III drug

• Eugene Lamar Isabelle, 30, of Bluefield (Photo not available.): possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sale or distribute (three counts), distribution of a schedule I or II controlled substance (three counts)

• David Scott Lester, 50, of Tazewell, Va., (Photo not available.): sale or distribution of a schedule III drug (three counts)

• Bridgett Shontell Lockhart, 32, of North Tazewell, Va.: conspiracy, sale or distribution of a schedule III drug (two counts)

• Chadwick Ryan Lowrance, 34, of North Tazewell, Va.: distribution of a schedule I or II controlled substance (two counts), conspiracy to sell or distribute a schedule I or II controlled substance, conspiracy, sale or distribution of a schedule IV drug (two counts), possession/distribution of an imitation substance or marijuana on school property

• Shonda Leynee Miller, 25, of Swords Creek, Va., (Photo not available.): sale or distribution of a schedule III drug.

• Jennifer Lynn Mitchell, 50, of Tazewell, Va.: sale or distribution of a schedule II drug

• Rebekah Sue Morris, 37, of Bluefield, Va.: sale or distribution of a schedule III drug (three counts), child endangerment (two counts)

• Zanda Lynn Pennington, 56, of Bluefield: distribution of a schedule I or II controlled substance (two counts)

• Zanda Lynn Pennington, 56, of Bluefield: sale or distribution of a schedule III drug

• David Wayne Remines, 33, of Tazewell, Va.: sale or distribution of a schedule III drug

• David Wayne Remines, 33, of Tazewell, Va.: sale or distribution of a schedule III drug (two counts), conspiracy

• Carla Kaye Robinson, 44, Bluefield, Va.: distribution of a schedule I or II controlled substance

• Melanie Lynn Shook, 40, of Raven, Va., (Photo not available.): sale or distribution of a schedule III drug (two counts)

• Rodney Dale Stacey, 34, of Richlands, Va.: sale or distribution of a schedule II drug

• Michael Wayne Taylor, 35, of North Tazewell, Va.: sale or distribution of a schedule II drug (two counts)

• Kelvin Davon Tucker, 20, of Tazewell, Va.: sale or distribution of a schedule III drug (four counts)

• Margaret Pearl Whobrey, 52, of Pounding Mill, Va., (Photo not available.): sale or distribution of a schedule III drug

• Kenneth Allan Wrightson, 62, of Richlands, Va., (Photo not available.): distribution of a schedule I or II controlled substance

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