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Former Charleston policeman pleads guilty to drug charge

By From staff reports

A former Charleston police officer pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge during a court appearance Monday afternoon.

David Wayne Reedy, 41, of Nitro, appeared before Judge Jennifer Bailey to enter a guilty plea to the charge of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

The plea was part of an agreement reached between Reedy's counsel and prosecutors. Prosecutors agreed to drop several related misdemeanor charges in exchange for a guilty plea to the most serious charge. 

Bailey told Reedy that he could be facing a sentence of one to five years and a possible fine of up to $15,000.

Reedy retired from the Charleston Police Department's patrol division in 2003. 

Prosecutor Michelle Drummond said Reedy's charges stem from an incident Sept. 12, 2012, at Walmart in Nitro Marketplace.

Nitro Police Officer D.S. Bays was responding to a report of panhandling in the area when he spotted a Ford 5-150 he recognized to have an outstanding warrant from a previous incident in Putnam County.

Bays entered the store and saw Reedy with his wife. Bays then called for backup and waited outside for Reedy to emerge.

While observing Reedy in his truck, Bays witnessed what he believed to be a drug transaction and approached the vehicle.  

A search of Reedy's truck revealed two digital scales and multiple bags of varying quantities containing what tests later proved to be methamphetamine. 

Reedy will be sentenced Oct. 1. In the meantime, Bailey said the court's adult probation department would conduct a pre-sentencing evaluation that will assist her in the decision.


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