GORDON – “He was selling so many prescription narcotics from his home that his residence was nicknamed ‘The Gordon Pharmacy,’” said one law enforcement official working with the U.S. 119 Drug Task Force.
Bobby Joe White, 66, of 1639 Gordon Road in Gordon, was selling pills at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2012, when law enforcement officials and a S.W.A.T. team stormed the location.
“He was in the process of selling pills to an individual who was not working with law enforcement,” according to the federal criminal complaint filed in the case.
Task Force Commander and West Virginia State Police Trooper A.S. Perdue said White has been the target of undercover operations for some time now.
“We have made several controlled purchases of prescription narcotics from Mr. White,” Perdue said. “We were also made aware that he was armed and dangerous. We were able to obtain a search warrant and executed it on Feb. 12, 2012.”
When White was arrested police took a statement from the buyer of the pills.
“The buyer admitted that he had purposely travelled to Mr. White’s residence to purchase narcotics from him,” the criminal complaint stated.
Police recovered two Oxycodone pills from the buyer that he said he had just purchased from White.
Police said White was armed with a .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol in a holster on his person at the time of his arrest. They also discovered a .25 caliber pistol and two rifles that were in plain view in his living room.
White was arraigned before U.S. Federal Court Judge Mary Stanley who ordered him into the custody of the U.S. Marshals pending a preliminary and detention hearing set for Feb. 20, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the Federal Courthouse in Charleston.
He was initially charged with being in possession of a firearm during an illegal drug crime, but additional charges could be filed in the case, officials said.
The U.S. Marshals took White to the South Central Regional Jail in South Charleston. He will remain in jail without bond pending his next hearing.
“We had received lots of complaints in the Gordon area about illegal activities and we believe this arrest is the start of addressing those complaints,” Perdue added.
The Boone and Logan Sheriff’s Departments, along with the West Virginia State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) assisted in the execution of the search warrant in this case.
“We are stepping up our efforts to combat the illegal drug problems in our region, so the community is going to see a lot more arrests,” Perdue said.
Anyone wanting to report suspicious or illegal activities in their community is urged to contact the West Virginia State Police at 304-752-1347. You do not have to give your name to make a report.