The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 26, 2013

Several arrested on drug charges in Fayette County


— Of 29 arrest warrants for drug-related charges that were recently issued in Fayette County, 14 were for the sale and delivery of prescription pills, Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said Thursday.

Two suspects allegedly delivered prescription pills near a school, according to Kessler.

Carla Sue Smith of Fayetteville was one of 23 suspects taken into custody Thursday morning.

Smith was charged with one count of delivery of Roxycodone within 1,000 feet of a school and two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony.

Police currently have a warrant for Paul Buckner of Oak Hill for delivery of Roxycodone within 1,000 feet of a school and conspiracy to commit a felony, Kessler said.

“Sadly, this is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Kessler. “There are numerous additional individuals still out there peddling their poison on the streets of Fayette County.

“Our citizens can rest assured, however, that we are aggressively pursuing those individuals who choose to make their living by selling controlled substances, and sooner or later these individuals will face the same fate as the individuals arrested today.”

Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, Oak Hill Police Department, West Virginia State Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Service “CUFFED” Fugitive Task Force, along with the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force, arrested 23 Fayette residents Thursday morning on drug charges, Kessler reported.

Arrested in Montgomery were: Mitchell Wood, two counts of delivery of heroin; James Housely, two counts of delivery of heroin; Slade Terrell, one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

From Smithers: Jessie Tamsey, two counts of delivery of cocaine and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

In Hilltop: Mark Foster, one count of delivery of roxycodone.

In Scarbro: James Cosby, one count of conspiracy to commit a felony; Christopher Barrett, two counts of delivery of heroin and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver; Aaron Pettry, possession with one count each of intent to deliver heroin, conspiracy to commit a felony.

Arrested in Fayetteville: Kaitlin Cogar, one count of transportation of a controlled substance into the state; Carla Sue Smith, one count of delivery of roxycodone within 1,000 feet of a school, two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony; Josh Meadows, delivery of marijuana; James Garten, one count each of possession with intent to deliver Ritalin and felon in possession of a firearm; Mary Garten, one count each of possession with intent to deliver Ritalin and felon in possession of a firearm; Travis Hopkins, three counts of delivery of roxycodone, conspiracy to commit a felony.

From Mount Hope, Evan Evans, transportation of a controlled substance into the state.

In Oak Hill, Demetran Devon Gray, two counts of delivery of cocaine; Jason Steven Smith, two counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession of heroin with intent to deliver; Ella Buckner, two counts of delivery of roxycodone; Greg Kincaid, conspiracy to commit a felony; Earl Keith Withrow, two counts of delivery of Ritalin.

In Glen Jean, Myles Mathis, one count each of delivery of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a felony and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

From Ansted, Russell Lee Taylor, two counts of delivery of roxycodone and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

From Edmond, Crystal Ben-ger, two counts of delivery of roxycodone and conspiracy to commit a felony.

All were arraigned Thursday in Fayette Magistrate Court.

Kessler said officials are still searching for Kayla Wood, one count of delivery of roxycodone; Alesha Canfield, one count each of delivery of Opana and conspiracy to commit a felony; Gary Criss, one count each of delivery of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a felony and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver; Robert Toney of Hilltop, delivery of hydro-codone, and Vicky Wriston, three counts of delivery of oxycodone, one count each of delivery of heroin and conspiracy to commit a felony.

“Most of these individuals are no stranger to the criminal justice system,” Kessler stated.