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Fayette County authorities arrest 23 in drug abuse roundup

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Fayette County authorities arrested 23 people and were searching for six more during a warrant roundup targeting suspected drug offenders.

Many of the charges related to prescription drug abuse, Sheriff Steve Kessler said in a statement. Of the 29 arrest warrants, 14 related to the sale or delivery of prescription drugs.

Several of those arrested Thursday were known to police and have faced charges in the past.

"In each of these investigations investigators received information that one or more of these individuals was involved in the sale of controlled substances throughout Fayette County," Kessler said in the statement. "

In following up on these tips investigators were able to build cases resulting in the issuance of criminal arrest warrants for these individuals."

Those arrested were:

* Mitchell Wood of Montgomery, two counts of delivery of heroin

* James Housely of Montgomery, two counts of delivery of heroin

* Slade Terrell of Montgomery, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver

* Jessie Tamsey of Smithers, two counts of delivery of cocaine and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony

* Mark Foster of Hilltop, delivery of Roxycodone

* James Cosby of Scarbro, conspiracy to commit a felony

* Kaitlin Cogar of Fayetteville, transportation of a controlled substance into the state

* Evan Evans of Mount Hope, transportation of a controlled substance into the state

* Christopher Barrett of Scarbro, two counts of delivery of heroin and one count possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver

* Demetran Devon Gray of Oak Hill, two counts of delivery of cocaine

* Jason Steven Smith of Oak Hill, two counts of delivery of heroin and one count of possession of heroin with intent to deliver

* Aaron Pettry of Scarbro, possession with intent to deliver heroin, conspiracy to commit a felony

* Myles Mathis of Glen Jean, delivery of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a felony and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver

* Russell Lee Taylor of Ansted, conspiracy to commit a felony and two counts of delivery of Roxycodone

* Crystal Benger of Edmond, conspiracy to commit a felony and two counts of delivery of Roxycodone

* Carla Sue Smith of Fayetteville, delivery of Roxycodone within 1,000 feet of a school and two counts conspiracy to commit a felony

* Josh Meadows of Fayetteville, delivery of marijuana

* Ella Buckner of Oak Hill, two counts of delivery of Roxycodone

* Greg Kincaid of Oak Hill, conspiracy to commit a felony

* Earl Keith Withrow of Oak Hill, two counts of delivery of heroin

* James Garten of Fayetteville, possession of Ritalin with intent to deliver and being a felon in possession of a firearm

* Mary Garten of Fayetteville, possession of Ritalin with intent to deliver and being a felon in possession of a firearm

* Travis Hopkins of Fayetteville, conspiracy to commit a felony and two counts of delivery of Roxycodone.

Officers still were searching for:

* Kayla Wood of Montgomery, delivery of Roxycodone

* Alesha Canfield of Oak Hill, delivery of Opana and conspiracy to commit a felony

* Gary Criss of Hilltop, delivery of marijuana and conspiracy to commit a felony

* Paul Buckner of Oak Hill, delivery of Roxycodone within 1,000 feet of a school and conspiracy to commit a felony

* Robert Toney of Hilltop, delivery of hydrocodone

* Vicky Wriston of Oak Hill, delivery of heroin, conspiracy to commit a felony and three counts of delivery of Roxycodone.

"Sadly, this is just the tip of the iceberg," Kessler said. "There are numerous additional individuals still out there peddling their poison on the streets of Fayette County.

"Our citizens can rest assured, however, that we are aggressively pursuing those individuals who choose to make their living by selling controlled substances, and sooner or later these individuals will face the same fate as the individuals arrested today."

Anyone with information on drug activity or the whereabouts of the six who were not arrested Thursday can contact the Fayette County 911 center at 304-574-3590, the West Virginia State Police at 304-256-6700 or Crime Stoppers at 304-255-7867.

Tips also may be submitted at www.fayettesheriffwv.net or via the department's Facebook account listed under "Fayette County Sheriff's Department."

A multi-agency effort comprised of Fayette deputies, State Police, Oak Hill police, U.S. Marshals and the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force executed the roundup. Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.craig@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4850.


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