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Police seek 65 people after Wise County drug indictments

Mike Still • Oct 31, 2019 at 12:46 PM

WISE — Southwest Virginia law enforcement agencies have started a sweep of arrests after a grand jury indicted 65 people on narcotics charges.

Wise County and Norton Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp III announced the operation Wednesday, which involves the Virginia State Police, Wise and Lee counties’ sheriff’s departments, the Southwest Virginia Regional Narcotics Task Force and police departments from Norton, Wise and Coeburn.

Slemp said at least 33 of the 65 indictees had been arrested by Wednesday night after the raids began Tuesday morning. The Wise County multijurisdictional grand jury handed down indictments on more than 125 drug offenses, he said.

Almost 100 of the charges were related to methamphetamine manufacture, distribution and possession, Slemp said, while 38 of the cases also involved illegal handling of buprenorphine, a prescription drug used for narcotics withdrawal treatment.

Slemp said arrests were continuing across the region Wednesday.

Tuesday’s operation is the latest in a series of indictments and arrests stemming from the grand jury’s work. Seven Southwest Virginia residents were indicted Sept. 23 on a total of 976 felony prescription fraud charges split evenly between prescription fraud and conspiracy to commit prescription fraud. Those arrests were made earlier in October.

“We will continue our efforts with aggressive prosecution of these drug crimes to ensure that our community is safer and that justice is served,” Slemp said.

“I am proud to be a part of this effort and thankful for the hard work of the officers involved,” Wise County Sheriff Ronnie Oakes said. “We will continue to work with the community and law enforcement leaders to keep drugs off the streets.”

Anyone with information on people charged in the latest round of indictments is asked to call the Wise County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 328-3566.

Persons charged in the latest indictments include:

• Rodney A. Pickett, 46, Coeburn, possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possess buprenorphine with intent to distribute.

• Wendy Leigh Dunford, 27, Clintwood, two counts of distributing methamphetamine and one count of conspiracy to distribute meth.

• James Luther Grills III, 40, Wise, distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• John Eric Salyers, 34, Wise, distribute methamphetamine.

• Steven Douglas Stevens, 41, Big Stone Gap, distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Cody Lee Salyers, 26, Coeburn, distribute methamphetamine.

• Sherman Maggard, 52, Wise, distribute methamphetamine.

• Joseph Wade Ballard, 36, Coeburn, distribute methamphetamine.

• Melissa Kay Caudill, 50, Big Stone Gap, distribute buprenorphine.

• Travis Lee Baldwin, 38, Big Stone Gap, distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Kandy Marie Whitson, 40, Big Stone Gap, distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Quentin Randall Sloan, 51, Coeburn, distribute methamphetamine.

• Robert Dwight Hayes, 53, St. Paul, distribute methamphetamine.

• Ashley Pauline Gaulke, 33, Coeburn, distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• John Dale Merlette, 55, Castlewood, distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Kristy Cordella Lee Hemphill, 34, Coeburn, distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Martin James Hemphill, 44, Coeburn, distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Farren Tianna Clark, 30, Big Stone Gap, distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy, and distribution of meth within 1,000 feet of a school.

• Sammy Ray Belcher Jr., 40, Appalachia, distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy, and distribution of meth within 1,000 feet of a school.

• James Brian Mullins, 30, Honaker, distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Trevor Lee Johnson, 27, Big Stone Gap, distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Donald Patrick Slone, 43, Norton, four counts of distributing methamphetamine, attempt, and distribution within 1,000 feet of a school.

• Joshua Barrett Sutherland, 33, Wise, distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Robert Starr Blake, 55, Harrisonburg, Virginia, distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Travis Lynn Kilgore, 33, Big Stone Gap, distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Brittany Danielle McReynolds, 31, Big Stone Gap, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Michael Anthony Collins, 56, Coeburn, distribute methamphetamine.

• Jamie Lee Deel, 38, Coeburn, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Andrew Shane Childs, 39, Norton, distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Dennis Wayne Russell, 56, Appalachia, distribute methamphetamine.

• Kimberly Lynn Workman, 54, Norton, distribute methamphetamine.

• Brianna Nichole Meade, 20, Coeburn, two counts of distributing buprenorphine, conspiracy, and distribution within 1,000 feet of a school.

• Zachary Phillip Lockhart, 26, Kingsport, two counts of distributing buprenorphine, conspiracy, and distribution within 1,000 feet of a school.

• Courtney Neverda Bolling, 33, Norton, three counts of distributing buprenorphine and two counts of distributing within 1,000 feet of a school.

• Stephanie Dawn Jenkins, 42, Norton, three counts of distributing buprenorphine.

• Sean Carley Salyers, 43, Wise, two counts of distributing buprenorphine, conspiracy to distribute, and attempt to distribute methamphetamine.

• Cody Sebastian Stanley, 22, Pound, attempt to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute.

• Christopher Joseph Evans, 28, Clintwood, possession of a firearm by convicted felon.

• Gary Wayne Forney, 53, Coeburn, distribute methamphetamine.

• Johnny Elden Rose, 39, Norton, distribute buprenorphine.

• David Lee Hayden, 50, Wise, distribute methamphetamine.

• Jacob Andrew Porter, 22, Coeburn, distribute methamphetamine.

• Phillip Neil Mullins, 39, Norton, distribute buprenorphine and conspiracy to distribute buprenorphine.

• Heather Christina Mullins, 32, Norton, distribute buprenorphine and conspiracy to distribute buprenorphine.

• Michael Crawford, 18, Big Stone Gap, distribution of marijuana.

• Jonathan Aaron Hill, 23, Appalachia, distribute methamphetamine.

• Jamie Collin Jessee, 40, Appalachia, three counts of distributing methamphetamine.

• Michael Balke, 39, Big Stone Gap, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

• Amanda Blanton, 37, Big Stone Gap, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

• Stephanie Nicole Carroll, 41, Big Stone Gap, two counts of distributing methamphetamine.

• Stephen Stewart, 49, Big Stone Gap, distribute methamphetamine.

• Brittaney Nicole Pleasant, 26, Big Stone Gap, distribute methamphetamine.

• Kari Dawn Wade, 25, Big Stone Gap, two counts of distributing buprenorphine.

• Amanda Louise Leduc, 34, Big Stone Gap, distribute methamphetamine and attempt to distribute methamphetamine.

• Angela Marie Sproles, 26, Big Stone Gap, distribute methamphetamine.

• Cynthia Clark, 47, Big Stone Gap, possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Shawne Lee Bowman, 48, Big Stone Gap, possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Holden Burke, 27, Big Stone Gap, possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

• Mark Anthony Thompson, 35, Appalachia, distribute methadone.

• Leslie Spaulding, 43, Big Stone Gap, distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Shawna Boring, 42, Norton, distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

• Harold Wayne Stallard, 60, Wise, manufacture marijuana.

• Marla Nicole Cantrell, 27, Wise, distribute buprenorphine and conspiracy to distribute buprenorphine.

• Michael Ray Hottinger, 29, Wise, conspiracy to distribute buprenorphine.

• Helen Maggard, 42, Pound, possession of methamphetamine.

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