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Five more drug suspects arrested in 'Shamrock Shakedown'

April 1st, 2014 9:10 pm by Wes Bunch

Five more drug suspects arrested in 'Shamrock Shakedown'

GATE CITY — The Scott County Sheriff's Office and Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force continue to make arrests stemming from the "Shamrock Shakedown" drug roundup that began last month.

On Tuesday, the SCSO released the names of five more people who were taken into custody on drug-related charges over the past week.

The latest arrests by Scott County authorities bring the total number of suspects apprehended in the operation to 50. A Scott County grand jury indicted 59 individuals on 218 charges March 13. Those indictments were sealed pending arrest.

On March 26, authorities arrested Chasity Nicole Scott, 27, Nickelsville, on five counts of distribution of Schedule III drugs, two counts of distribution of Schedule IV drugs and two counts of distribution of drugs near school property.

John Reece-Paul Scott, 38, Nickelsville, was taken into custody the same day on four counts of distribution of Schedule III drugs, two counts of distribution of Schedule IV drugs and two counts of distribution of drugs near school property.

Teresa A. Stewart, no age given, Johnson City, Tenn., was also arrested March 26 on a single count of misbranding drugs or cosmetics.

The following day, Cheryl Mae Branham, 43, Big Stone Gap, was apprehended on two counts of distribution of Schedule III drugs and distribution of drugs near school property.

Kevin L. Turner, 28, Rogersville, Tenn., was arrested March 31. He is charged with distribution of marijuana greater than .5 oz but less than 5 lbs., felony child abuse and distribution of drugs near school property.

The Scott County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office said the roundup was the second largest law enforcement has carried out in the county. The largest, Operation Drug Blitz, sought the arrests of 63 suspects in 2005.

The charges were brought after a year-long joint investigation carried out by the Scott County Sheriff's Office, the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force, the Virginia State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Scott County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office also participated.

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