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April 20, 2012

Beckley Police make $25,000 cocaine bust

Beckley Police Department, with assistance from the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department, made an arrest Thursday night that nabbed over a quarter of a kilo of cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $25,000, according to Lt. Gant Montgomery.

He explained that BPD and RCSD conducted a drug investigation and made multiple undercover drug buys from a local individual.

These controlled buys led police to obtaining a search warrant for a home on Woodlawn Avenue, where 29-year-old Justin Sharieff Rolls, of Selden, N.Y., was visiting. When police arrived, Rolls was in the residence with a suitcase at his feet, Montgomery explained.

This led police to obtain additional search warrants for Roll’s vehicle and suitcase, from which police recovered 9 ounces of cocaine. Montgomery said there are 28 grams in an ounce. Cocaine is worth $100 per gram, bringing the street value to $25,200.

Rolls was charged with two counts of delivery of cocaine, two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and one count of possession with intent to deliver, Montgomery said.

He was arraigned before Magistrate Steve Massie and was remanded to Southern Regional Jail as a pre-trial felon on a $500,000 bond.

Rolls also has a history of drug violations in North Carolina, Montgomery added.

The investigation continues as Roll’s connections to the area remain unknown at the time, he said.

“This was a substantial drug bust that recovered large amounts of cocaine — which was about to be distributed on the streets in Beckley — so we feel good about this. This bust wouldn’t have been possible without the cooperation of the sheriff’s department,” Montgomery said.

Beckley Police Sgt. Jason McDaniel, Lt. Dave Farley, Cpls. Bryan Atterson, Jamie Blume, Justin Hudnall and Jamie Wilhite and Sheriff’s Cpl. Jim Canaday and Deputy Gary Epling assisted in the bust.

— E-mail: kvanpelt@register-herald.com

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