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UPDATE: Federal grand jury indicts former police chief of Pennington Gap

October 31st, 2012 8:33 pm by Wes Bunch

ABINGDON — Pennington Gap’s former police chief was indicted Wednesday on 11 felony charges by a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.


William Bryan Young, 41, of Stickleyville, faces charges related to drug distribution, weapons possession, and his alleged role in the recent burglary of a Pennington Gap pharmacy.


A breakdown of those charges is expected to be made available Thursday in the court’s online database.


Young had been scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing but was arraigned instead by Federal Magistrate Pamela Sargent as a result of being indicted.


Young was also ordered to be held without bond at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon, where he has been in custody since his arrest by federal authorities on Oct. 19 on drug distribution and weapons charges.


A federal affidavit filed also linked Young and three other individuals to a burglary at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Pennington Gap. According to the affidavit, over 5,400 oxycodone-based pills were taken during the Sept. 28 burglary.


Court documents contain allegations that Young used and sold prescription narcotics on several occasions and that he was associated with individuals known for selling drugs.


Prescription drugs were allegedly found in Young’s cruiser after he was taken into custody.


Young’s arrest stemmed from a two-year investigation conducted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


Young was terminated from his position as police chief on Oct. 22 by the Pennington Gap Town Council.


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