The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 25, 2013

Fayette County deputies arrest two on drug charges

Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man and a woman in connection with a drug investigation Thursday.

According to Fayette Sheriff Steve Kessler, officers assigned to the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force visited a residence on Cardinal Lane in Scarbro on Thursday and made a controlled drug purchase.

Later that evening, they returned to the home with Fayette deputies and West Virginia State Police troopers with a search warrant.  

A search of the house turned up several prescription pills, including Roxycodone and Xanax.

Unlike OxyContin, a gradual-release drug, Roxycodone, or Roxicodone, is a “sudden release” narcotic pain pill prescribed to treat severe pain flare-ups of patients who are already taking a slow-release painkiller.

Police also seized several thousand dollars in cash, including some of the “marked” bills they’d used earlier to make the controlled purchase.

Police arrested Kenna Sue Bass, 36, of Robson on felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Andre Lamarian Riley, 51, of Detroit, Mich., was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy to commit a felony and transportation of controlled substances into the state.

All are felonies.

Bass and Riley were transported to Southern Regional Jail and arraigned in Fayette Magistrate Court Friday. Their bonds were set at $120,000 each.

Both were at SRJ Friday.

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In other actions, Fayette Sheriff Steve Kessler reported that security was increased dramatically at the Fayette Courthouse Friday due to four unidentified prisoners who were being publicly arraigned for crimes allegedly committed in a penitentiary.

— Jessica Farrish

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