WILLIAMSON - Additional drug arrests were made last Wednesday afternoon by the Mingo County Sheriffs Departments (MCSD) and the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) Williamson Detachment.
Matthew Parks, 26 and Patricia Vance, 24, both of Williamson, appeared before Mingo Magistrate Dee Sidebottom and were charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Mingo County Sheriffs Department, Sheriff James Smith, Cpl. E. Sherrill, Chief Deputy Joe Smith, Sgt. R. Messer, Cpl. N. Mines and Williamson Police Office Lt. G. Dotson conducted a search warrant on Park’s residence located on Vinson Street.
In executing the search warrant, officers discovered approximately .20 grams of crack cocaine, a small bag of marijuana, and a Suboxone strip. The approximate value of the crack cocaine was $500. Park’s did have the narcotics in his possession with the intent to deliver.
WVSP Senior Trooper D. Williamson and Trooper H. A. Rose assisted with the search and detained Vance. The troopers searched her for officer safety reasons and found a Suboxone strip in the pocket of her jeans.
Sheriff Smith reported the drug busts would continue with the large scale drug dealers but; local and small dealers will also be pursued. “Law enforcement agencies will be working together, in full force, to eliminate the drug problem in the State.” said Smith.
The MCSD, WVSP and the 911 Drug Task Force arrested Ronnie Campbell earlier in the day on drug charges. Campbell was arrested at his home in Ragland and pills, needles, and ammunition were seized. (See related story)
Law enforcement agencies have multiple warrants for other suspects tied to this multi-state drug ring which includes Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, and Florida
“It shuts the whole community down. It makes you scared to go out. If you have a dealer living beside you you’re afraid to let your kids outside, you’re afraid to go outside.” says Sheriff Smith. “Working with the WVSP and City Police provides us with more resources and manpower that we would not have if we did this alone.”
“Our end goal is for our law enforcement agencies, as a team, make southern West Virginia a safer place people want to call home.”
(Lil Felix is a News Writer and Reporter for the Williamson Daily News. Lil can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279)