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Six new arrests made in drug probe
Total now stands at 40

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Six more people have been arrested in connection with the 17-month police joint drug investigation, bringing the total number of arrests to 40, according to a release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

The arrests, listed in a news release Monday, stemmed from the investigation that began in January 2011. The agencies focused on areas of Ridgeway, Axton, Collinsville, Bassett and Horsepasture in Henry County which were believed to be heavy in drug traffic, the release added.

“(The localities were) areas we’ve had complains about from residents,” said sheriff’s office Capt. Ricky Walker. “A lot of the areas of our investigations are (derived from) complaints we get from citizens.”

The probe led to a total of 152 felony charges and six misdemeanor charges being issued against 76 adults, the release said. Walker said Monday that 10 of those individuals had been arrested in June, 34 were arrested Thursday, and an additional six have been taken into custody since last week, Walker said.

“As of today, we’ve arrested 40 out of the 66 (remaining),” Walker said.

The latest arrests are:

• Brandon Wayne Inman, 21, 2494 Dillons Fork Road, Fieldale; one count distribute Schedule III substance.

• Tonya Lakita Richardson, 26, 932 Crestview Drive, Bassett; two counts distribute cocaine.

• Jarrett Storm Hairston, 21, 30 Terry Court Apt. 7, Collinsville; two counts distribute marijuana.

• Carlos Maurice Long, 28, 935 Crestview Drive, Bassett; four counts third offense distribute cocaine.

• Tammy Lee Lyall, 42, 128 Blue Ridge Yacht Club Road, Bassett; one count obstruct justice (misdemeanor).

• Dwayne Strange, 35, 774 Long Circle, Cascade; one count distribute imitation controlled substance and one count obtain money by false pretense.

The charges against those six were among sealed state indictments issued Sept. 17. An indictment is not an indication of guilt. It is a grand jury’s determination that there is enough evidence to hold a trial.

Drugs bought or seized in the investigation included Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Roxycontin, Methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana. The street value of drugs purchased included $5 pills and $1.39 million in cocaine, the sheriff’s office has said.

The release also said 35 federal charges had been issued against six adult men and two women. The charges included from distribution of cocaine, possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, distribute crack cocaine, possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime, distribute marijuana and distribute methamphetamine.

The investigation involved the Martinsville Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF).

Walker said cooperation between the agencies was a key to the 17-month-long investigation.

“It’s been a very high level of cooperation, both the local, state and federal agencies,” he said. “We try to work with any agency that will work with us on any type investigation. We work best when we all work together.”


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