Mingo County Drug Roundup


37 indictments for various drug charges

Kyle Lovern/WDN Photo Mingo County Sheriff James Smith, deputies and WVSP trooper escort two of those to the courthouse holding area Friday morning that were arrested for drug trafficking.


Kyle Lovern/WDN Photo Sheriff James Smith shakes the hand of a WVSP trooper who made one of the arrests during a huge drug sting in Mingo County early on Friday morning.


Kyle Lovern/WDN Photo These three handcuffed men were awaiting transport to the the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden after being arrested on drug charges.


Kyle Lovern/WDN Photo Three women tried to hide their faces from media cameras as they were brought in during drug roundup that was part of an investigation by the U.S. 119 Drug Task Force. The indictments were issued by the Mingo Co. Prosecutors office.


WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — The U.S. 119 Drug Task Force, consisting of the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) and the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), held a big drug roundup early Friday morning.

There were 34 sealed indictments issued by the Mingo County Prosecutors Office. Law enforcement was out in full force rounding up alleged drug dealers throughout the county and in Williamson. A total of 37 indictments for various drug charges were issued.

Mingo County Sheriff James Smith said that one of the biggest synthetic marijuana dealers in the area was arrested. He also stated that one of the worst crack cocaine drug dealers was also brought in during the roundup. Heroin related charges were also among the indictments.

On April 19, 2016, the Mingo County Grand Jury returned 34 sealed indictments. These indictments included charges for possession with intent to deliver and delivery of a controlled substance. The majority of the controlled substances were for Schedule I and Schedule II drugs including heroin, synthetic marijuana and crack cocaine. Both heroin and crack cocaine are considered narcotics.

On April 22, 2016, the Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office and the West Virginia State Police participated in a joint initiative which has, at the time of this press release, resulted in the location and apprehension of 17 individuals identified in said indictments.

The search for the remaining defendants is ongoing at this time. However, there is reason to believe that at least five of the individuals in question fled the jurisdiction prior to capture. Two of the individuals who have fled are believed to be residents of Cleveland, Ohio.

Prosecutor Teresa Maynard and Assistant Prosecutor Justin Marcum were in the holding cell area Friday as prisoners were brought in. Sheriff Smith, deputies, court marshals and WVSP officers were also at the courthouse, as those arrested were being brought in for processing.

“I once again commend the Grand Jurors for their efficiency and commitment to the legal process. Without their dedicated service, our judicial process would be at a standstill. I look forward to working with them again in the near future as I anticipate calling a special session in mid-June,” Maynard stated.

“I also would like to thank the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia State Police, and the 119 Drug Task Force for their dedicated service to our community,” Maynard added.

“The results you see today have been years in the making. When Sheriff Smith and I took office, our drug enforcement program was in shambles, but we made a joint commitment to get it back up and running. The process has been slow, but felony convictions have grown each year. Today that hard work and dedication paid off, and I thank all the participating agencies for their unified effort to execute today’s arrests in a safe and efficient matter,” Maynard stressed.

The Defendants will be arraigned on Monday, April 25, 2016, at 10 a.m. before the Honorable Circuit Judge Miki Thompson.

The following individuals are currently in custody and their respective indictments have been unsealed;

Indictment A16-F24

State of West Virginia v. Jackie CHILDRESS

3 Cts. Conspiracy [Delivery of Schedule lI Controlled Substance — Crack Cocaine]

1 ct. Conspiracy [Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance — Crack Cocaine with Intent to Deliver]

Indictment Al 6-F25

State of West Virginia v. Leo CHILDRESS

4 Cts., 1 ct., 1 ct.

Delivery of Schedule II controlled Substance [Crack Cocaine]

Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance [Crack Cocaine] with Intent to Deliver

Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance [Marijuana] with Intent to Deliver

3 Cts. Conspiracy [Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance — Crack Cocaine]

1 ct. Conspiracy [Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance — Crack Cocaine with Intent to Deliver]

Indictment A16-F27

State of West Virginia v. Timmy CONLEY

1 ct Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance [Oxycodone]

1 ct. Conspiracy [Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance]

Indictment A16-F28

State of West Virginia v. Vangie CONLEY

1 ct. Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance [Oxycodone] 1 ct. Conspiracy [Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance]

Indictment A16-F30

State of West Virginia v. Frankie FIELDS

4 Cts. Delivery of Schedule I Controlled Substance [Synthetic Marijuana]

1 ct. Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance [Synthetic Marijuana] with Intent to Deliver

Indictment Al 6-F31

State of West Virginia v. Sheena FILLINGER

1 ct. Delivery of Schedule III Controlled Substance [Suboxone]

1 ct. Conspiracy [Delivery of Schedule III Controlled Substance]

Indictment A16-F32

State of West Virginia v. Kristy FINLEY

2 Cts. Delivery of Schedule III Controlled Substance [Suboxone]

Indictment Al 6-F33

State of West Virginia v. Roosevelt Curtis HUNT

2 Cts. Delivery of Schedule III Controlled Substance [Suboxone]

3 Cts. Conspiracy [Delivery of Schedule III Controlled Substance]

Indictment A16-F35

State of West Virginia v. Shannon JOHNSON a/k/a YOUNG

2 Cts. Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance [Crack Cocaine]

Indictment Al 6-F36

State of West Virginia v. Shannon JOHNSON a/k/a YOUNG

1 ct. Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance [Crack Cocaine} with Intent to Deliver

1 ct. Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance [Heroin] with Intent to Deliver

1 ct. Conspiracy [Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance [Crack Cocaine] and Schedule I Controlled Substance [Heroin} with Intent to Deliver

1 ct. Firearm Possession Violation

Indictment Al 6+39

State of West Virginia v. Megan Jo MOUNTS

1 ct. Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance [Crack Cocaine] with Intent to Deliver

1 ct. Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance [Heroin] with Intent to Deliver

1 ct. Conspiracy [Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance [Crack Cocaine] and Schedule I Controlled Substance [Heroin] with Intent to Deliver

Indictment Al 6-F40

State of West Virginia v. James OBEY

4 Cts. Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance [Crack Cocaine]

3 Cts. Conspiracy[Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance]

Indictment A16-F44

State of West Virginia v. Doug SMITH

3 Cts. Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance [Oxycodone]

Indictment Al 6-F45

State of West Virginia v. David SPARKS

2 Cts. Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance [Oxycodone]

Indictment Al 6-F47

State of West Virginia v. Brandon WHITE

1 ct. Delivery of Schedule III Controlled Substance [Suboxone]

Indictment Al 6-F48

State of West Virginia v. Jessie “Joe” GRAVLEY, SR.

1 ct. Delivery of Schedule III Controlled Substance [Suboxone]

Indictment A16-F50

State of West Virginia v. Melvin HAYTON

1 ct. Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance [Oxycodone]

Indictment A16-F53

State of West Virginia v. Todd MESSER

1 ct. Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance [Oxycodone]

Indictment A16-F54

State of West Virginia v. Donique MITCHEM

1 ct. Delivery of Schedule III Controlled Substance [Suboxone]

Indictment A16-F55

State of West Virginia v. Oscar ROBERTS, II

1 ct. Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance [Synthetic Marijuana] with Intent to Deliver

Indictment Al 6-F56

State of West Virginia v. Craig VENTRINO

1 ct. Delivery of Schedule I Controlled Substance [Synthetic Marijuana]

In addition to the thirty-four (34) sealed indictments, the Grand Jury returned indictments in the following matters:

Indictment Al 6-F20

State of West Virginia v. Clyde Melvin DUFF

I ct. Burglary

1 ct. Assault During commission of Felony

Indictment A16-F21

State of West Virginia v. Paul FERGUSON, SR.

1 ct. Identity Theft

Indictment A16-F22

State of West Virginia v. Curtis Willard MARCUM

1 ct. Unlawful Assault

Kyle Lovern/WDN Photo Mingo County Sheriff James Smith, deputies and WVSP trooper escort two of those to the courthouse holding area Friday morning that were arrested for drug trafficking.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_aa-Drug-Roundup-016.jpgKyle Lovern/WDN Photo Mingo County Sheriff James Smith, deputies and WVSP trooper escort two of those to the courthouse holding area Friday morning that were arrested for drug trafficking.

Kyle Lovern/WDN Photo Sheriff James Smith shakes the hand of a WVSP trooper who made one of the arrests during a huge drug sting in Mingo County early on Friday morning.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_AA-Drug-Roundup-028.jpgKyle Lovern/WDN Photo Sheriff James Smith shakes the hand of a WVSP trooper who made one of the arrests during a huge drug sting in Mingo County early on Friday morning.

Kyle Lovern/WDN Photo These three handcuffed men were awaiting transport to the the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden after being arrested on drug charges.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_crop-Drug-bust-2-005.jpgKyle Lovern/WDN Photo These three handcuffed men were awaiting transport to the the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden after being arrested on drug charges.

Kyle Lovern/WDN Photo Three women tried to hide their faces from media cameras as they were brought in during drug roundup that was part of an investigation by the U.S. 119 Drug Task Force. The indictments were issued by the Mingo Co. Prosecutors office.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Crop-Drug-bust-2-011.jpgKyle Lovern/WDN Photo Three women tried to hide their faces from media cameras as they were brought in during drug roundup that was part of an investigation by the U.S. 119 Drug Task Force. The indictments were issued by the Mingo Co. Prosecutors office.
37 indictments for various drug charges
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