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You must be a digital subscriber to view this article. We hope that you continue to enjoy our free content. Partly cloudy skies early then becoming cloudy with periods of rain late. Low near 45F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch. Updated: April 17, am. Slemp and Sheriff Ronnie Oakes hosted a joint news conference at Town Hall in Appalachia, a community widely affected by the drug in recent years. They announced the status of a drug-related mass arrest that resulted in the incarceration of 30 people indicted by a multi-jurisdictional grand jury.
A number of other local, state and federal officers assisted with the investigation and roundup. Slemp said meth continues to be one of the biggest problems in the region, affecting families throughout Wise County, especially in the Appalachia and Big Stone Gap areas. Wise County follows Lee County and Washington County in working to stop the manufacturing and distribution of meth in Southwest Virginia. Ice is street slang for meth.
During the search for suspects, Newman said officers discovered a meth lab at a home in Glade Spring.
Byron Ashbrook. Ashbrook said the office continues to work in tandem with state and federal partners to stem the tide of meth, share information and conduct collaborative investigations. There are now three full-time narcotics investigators. In Washington County, Ashbrook said patrol officers have also received drug interdiction training and aggressively look for narcotics while on the road. The elimination of meth in the county also involves prevention and recovery, Ashbrook said. School resource officers also provide additional prevention and recovery services.
Lee County also recently conducted a large meth-related drug roundup, according to Sheriff Gary Parsons. It is our No. We want as many dealers off the street as possible. I am proud to be a part of this effort to make our community safer.
In Lee County, 35 individuals with a total of 54 counts of drugs and weapons-related offenses were sought. Log In. Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.By Staff Reports.
Email the author. Parsons released a joint statement on Thursday. In this investigation, the agencies attempted to narrow the focus to traffickers moving the largest quantities of methamphetamine in Lee County.
None of the individuals involved in this roundup are charged with minor possession offenses. You Might Like.
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Please log in, or sign up for a new account to continue reading. You must be a full digital subscriber to read this article. You must be a digital subscriber to view this article. We hope that you continue to enjoy our free content. Partly cloudy skies early then becoming cloudy with periods of rain late. Low 44F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Updated: April 17, am. Sheriff Chip Shuler estimated Thursday morning that about 95 percent of the charges are methamphetamine distribution charges.
By Thursday afternoon, about two dozen suspects had been taken into custody. Of the charges, four are manufacturing charges. Only eight are misdemeanors, most of which accompany a felony charge, Shuler said. Shuler believes most of the suspects were selling the drug in order to support their own addiction. He hopes some of the arrests serve as a wakeup call, prompting the suspects to seek treatment, he said.
Shuler noted a special thanks to citizens who have called in tips about suspected drug activity in their neighborhoods. Of the 94 suspects, 22 are already incarcerated. Indictments will remain sealed until individuals are served. Log In. Keep it Clean.Snow is in the forecast Wednesday morning, so we're wondering: How often and how much snow do we see during in April? Thousands are without power in Southwest Virginia as strong storms continue to move through the region. Citizens and businesses are donating food and money to help out Feeding Southwest Virginia during the coronavirus outbreak.
After Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order on Monday, many are left wondering if and how it will be enforced. Another Virginian has died after contracting the coronavirus. Shawn Farris, 54, of Rancho Mirage, California had previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute grams or more of meth A North Carolina man faces multiple charges after authorities said he had illegal drugs and weapons.
Snow flurries covered parts of southwest Virginia on Thursday, a welcome change for locals ready for winter weather. A woman was found dead inside her car, which was under the water of Claytor Lake, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office. A Chilhowie police officer is in the hospital after being exposed to an unknown substance confiscated during an arrest, according to the town. A man is facing nearly 20 years in prison after authorities say he worked with a large group of people to distribute meth throughout southwest Virginia.
A local delegate has introduced a bill that would allow "law-abiding gun-owners" to carry a gun in church with a valid concealed carry permit. A missing 8-year-old boy was found in Pulaski County on Sunday after his mother reported him missing earlier that day. The mother of three was allegedly murdered by her husband just days before Christmas. One person is dead after a tractor-trailer hit a pedestrian in Russell County on Sunday night, according to Virginia State Police.
Family and friends will gather to remember a mother of three who was killed in Carroll County just days before Christmas. A Carroll County man is due in court Friday morning after police say he murdered his wife just days before Christmas. Authorities found a year-old woman dead in Carroll County on Sunday. A North Carolina doctor has been charged with writing bogus pain prescriptions in Virginia and then reimbursing patients to share pills with his wife.
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County residents worry their guns are at risk of being taken away. The man charged with murdering a hiker on the Appalachian Trail will receive medical care until January. Click here if you're using the WSLS 10 app or having trouble seeing the list. A year-old Wythe County man faces an attempted capital murder charge after taking a deputy's handgun and shooting him, according to the Wythe County Sheriff's Office.
All north and southbound lanes of I are closed due to a single-vehicle crash in Bland County. A man who led a meth operation from a Virginia prison was sentenced to months in a southwest Virginia prison. Authorities arrested 11 people as part of a multiyear investigation into a drug and gun trafficking organization believed to be operating in Virginia and North Carolina.
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