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October 18, 2013

Wrong number lands Fayette men in jail on drug charges

Usually the worst thing to happen if you call a wrong number is getting yelled at. Two local men made a call to the wrong number and quickly found themselves in hot water.

The two men learned to double-check the phone number before you try to sell drugs over the phone.

John Frederick Jarrell, 36, and Danny Lee Kincaid, 60, of Minden, were arrested after selling hydrocodone pills to undercover officers.

Officers from the Central West Virginia Task force got a call around 8 p.m. Thursday. A trooper answered the phone with, “West Virginia State Police, how may I help you?”

The man on the line introduced himself as “John” and asked the officer if he wanted to buy any prescription pills. He then gave directions to his home in Minden.

The officers say they were able to keep from laughing and went to a home in Minden in an area known locally as “Dog Holler.” One of the undercover officers bought two hydrocodone pills and then left the home.

As soon as the officer left, members of the West Virginia State Police, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force rushed into the home and were able to find a prescription bottle of hydrocodone and a small amount of money, including the marked bills the undercover officer used to buy the two pills.

The two men at the home were arrested and taken to Southern Regional Jail where they will stay until they are arraigned.

Kincaid is charged with the felonies of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Jarrell is charged with the felonies of delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler says he’s glad the two men made his job a lot easier.

“It normally takes a good deal of time to conduct an investigation into drug trafficking offenses and build a case,” Kessler said. “When the bad guys come right to your door, it makes our job a whole lot easier.”

“John Wayne once said, ‘Life is tough, but it’s tougher when you’re stupid,’” Kessler added. “Life is certainly tough for these two individuals right now.”

— E-mail: cneff@register-herald.com

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