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Rachel Dove-Baldwin


Staff Writer


WILLIAMSON - “If you sell drugs in Mingo County, you will be arrested – end of story,” was the remark made by Sheriff Eugene Crum during the booking process of defendants taken into custody in the early morning hours on Friday, speaking about the drug roundup that followed a total of 51 sealed drug related indictments returned by the grand jury.


“Enough is enough! Drugs have run rampant in our county for several years and have grown to enormous proportions. Today is the first of many indictments and arrests to come. This is our county; all of our citizens deserve to live without fear for their safety and fear of what’s taking place in the house beside of them. We are reclaiming our communities, one arrest at a time,” stated Drug Task Force Commander C.D. Rockel.


The Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD), the Drug Enforcement Team led by Commander Rockel, the Williamson, Delbarton, Matewan and Gilbert Police Departments, County Court Marshals and officers with Mingo County Home Confinement were joined by U.S. Marshals before dawn on Friday, heading out in the frigid cold and snow in 5 separate teams to conduct arrests in numerous locations within the county, in what has been deemed as “Operation Zero Tolerance”. Several of those who had been indicted were taken into custody and are now lodged in jail, but there were a few that managed to elude capture and are still at large.


The names of those arrested on Friday and the crimes they are accused of committed are as follows:


• Indictment J13-F10; John Lesley Arnn, 1 count of delivery of a Schedule I controlled substance (marijuana) and 1 count of delivery of a Schedule IV controlled substance (Clonazepam). Public Defender Paul Montgomery will represent Arnn in this case set for trial on March 5. Bond was set at $10,000 and the defendant was remanded to jail.


• Indictment J13-F12 and J13-F13; Meghan M. Burger, 1 count of conspiracy to manufacture a Schedule I controlled substance (marijuana), 1 count of attempt to manufacture a Schedule I controlled substance (marijuana) and 1 count of possession of a Schedule I controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to deliver. Burger is represented by Attorney Josh Ferrell and was released from custody after posting a $75,000 bond. The defendant will remain on home confinement and participate in the Judge’s Work Program while she is awaiting her trial that has been set for March 12.


• Indictment J13-F15 and J13-F16; John S. Bland, Sr., 2 counts each of delivery of a Schedule I controlled substance (marijuana), conspiracy to deliver a Schedule I controlled substance (marijuana) and possession of a Schedule I controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to deliver. Attorney Dave Foley was appointed to represent the defendant and has a trial date set for March 19. Bland was transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden where he remains on a $150,000 full-cash bond.


• Indictment J13-F22; Molly Cline, 2 counts of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone) and 2 counts of conspiracy to deliver a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone). Cline was placed on home confinement and work release after meeting the conditions and regulations of her bond.


• Indictment J13-F25; Russell Eugene Collins; 1 count of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone). The defendant was released from custody on a $60,000 bond and was placed on home confinement and will participate with the Judge’s Work Program while awaiting his trial date of March 26.


• Indictment J13-F27; Bernadean (Dean) Francis; 1 count of distribution of a Schedule III controlled substance (Hydrocodone) within 1,000 feet of a school to a person 18 years of age or older and 1 count of possession of a Schedule III controlled substance (Hydrocodone) with intent to deliver. Francis, who was represented by Attorney Josh Ferrell, was issued a trial date of March 26 and was placed on home confinement after posting a $50,000 bond.


• Indictment J13-F34; Christopher Jerome Jackson (Scrap-Iron), 1 count of distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance (cocaine) within 1,000 feet of a school by a person 18 years of age or older and 1 count of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (cocaine). Attorney Paul Montgomery was appointed by the court to represent the defendant and has a trial date of March 12. Jackson was remanded to jail on a $100,000 bond.


• Indictment J13-F36 and J13-F37; Loretta Billie Kennedy, 1 count each of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone), conspiracy to deliver a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone), delivery of a Schedule IV controlled substance (Alprazolam); 2 counts each of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone) and conspiracy to deliver a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone). No bail has yet been set for this defendant.


• Indictment J13-F38; Paul Kenny Kennedy, 1 count each of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone), conspiracy to deliver a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone) and delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance (Alpazolam). Kennedy is incarcerated at the Southwestern Regional Jail with no bond amount set as of press time on Friday.


• Indictment J13-F39; Dawn Marie Marcum, 3 counts of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone) and 1 count of conspiracy to deliver a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone). Dawn was remanded to jail on a $100,000 bond. (More information will be published on this arrest in Sunday’s edition of the Williamson Daily News).


• Indictment J13-F42; Lori Sexton; 3 counts of delivery of a Schedule I controlled substance (marijuana). Sexton was issued a bond in the amount of $100,000 (due to past criminal offenses) and was transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail.


• Indictment J13-F45; Jason Brandon Thompson, 1 count of delivery of a Schedule IV controlled substance (Clonazepam). Thompson has a trial date of Feb. 26 and is represented by Attorney Josh Ferrell. Bond was set at $80,000.


• Indictment J13-F46; Christina Tidwell, 1 count each of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (cocaine) with intent to deliver and conspiracy to possess a Schedule II controlled substance (cocaine) with intent to deliver. Attorney Charles “Butch” West represents the defendant and her trial is slated for March 26. Tidwell was placed on home confinement after posting a $50,000 bond.


• Indictment J13-F48; Elizabeth Tomblin, 1 count of attempt to deliver a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone). Tomblin was transported to jail after being issued a $50,000 bond.


• Indictment J13-F51; Marvin Vance, 3 counts of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone). Vance was remanded to custody on an $80,000 bond. (More information regarding this arrest will be featured in Sunday’s edition of the Williamson Daily News).


• Indictment J13-F58; Victor Randolph Webb, 1 count of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone). Webb is behind bars at the Southwestern Regional Jail and has no bond set at this time.


• Indictment J13-F59; George Rauben White, 3 counts of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone). White was transported to jail and had not been issued a bond amount as of press time on Friday. (More information on this arrest will be published in Sunday’s edition of the Williamson Daily News).


• Indictment J13-F61; Bobby Young, 1 count each of delivery of a Schedule IV controlled substance (Diazepam) and delivery of a Schedule I controlled substance (marijuana). Young was represented by Attorney Dave Foley and faces a court trial date of March 19. Bond was set at $100,000. The defendant was remanded to jail following his arraignment.


Additional stories on these indictments and future arraignments will appear in Sunday’s and Tuesday’s editions of the Williamson Daily News.

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