Wise County authorities rounding up drug suspects

WISE - A roundup of drug suspects launched Wednesday by authorities in Wise County netted about half of the 40 people indicted by a multi-jurisdictional grand jury. Full Story
Meagan

Tucson, AZ

#21 Mar 6, 2006
Pierre from Belgium wrote:
can someone help me to find the familly of the WWII vet ( now deceased ): ROBERT T. EAST of nathalie , VA

Non profit purposes.

Thanks,

Pierre Godeau

Bastogne, Belgium

my email is : abucs@skynet.be
I don't think that is close to here. but I will ck for you.
Meagan

Tucson, AZ

#22 Mar 6, 2006
Go to yahoo people type in the last name . city and state and you will find one person with the last name also address and phone is listed..Would be a good place to start!! Best Wishes!!!
fred

Roanoke, VA

#23 Mar 7, 2006
Do you know where I can get some?
Spot

United States

#24 Mar 7, 2006
fred wrote:
Do you know where I can get some?
Some What?? Drugs?? Check out Jackie Wells big black safe in the office. He buys big bags of pills and stores them there. Since the sell of his home he buys all he can and leaves nothing for the others junkies to buy!! Good Luck he is flying soo high this week!!!
ldh4l

AOL

#25 Mar 18, 2006
Heather wrote:
Why didn't they pick up Chris COuch, Danny Couch, Shaun AUstin, Ashley COuch, and Lisa Culbertson Couch?
I am looking for someone who lives in BSG do you? I am from Richmond trying to find out some info about the 2 teens,one from Richmond which was a cousin went on a crime spree do u remember or read anything about that?
Meagan

Tucson, AZ

#26 Mar 18, 2006
ldh4l wrote:
<quoted text>I am looking for someone who lives in BSG do you? I am from Richmond trying to find out some info about the 2 teens,one from Richmond which was a cousin went on a crime spree do u remember or read anything about that?
It's on the other forum about manipulating
Sans

United States

#27 Mar 25, 2006
WHAT'S GOING ON IN BSG THESES DAYS....IS ALL THE EXCITEMENT OVER?
jonah

Tucson, AZ

#28 Apr 3, 2006
MUFFLER SHOP IN ARTESIAN PUSHES AND WIFE IS BIG PILL HEAD
Greg M St Paul

AOL

#29 Apr 12, 2006
Heather wrote:
Why didn't they pick up Chris COuch, Danny Couch, Shaun AUstin, Ashley COuch, and Lisa Culbertson Couch?
Seems like the cops would pick up the Couch/Willis families and that Doug Austin in Castlewood. They are all into making and selling drugs in St. Paul. Latch's neice and nephew have served time for selling it for her and Danny Couch. Castlewood is full of drug dealers and St Paul has a bunch of them in the Gray Hill Apartments.
FREDDY

AOL

#30 Apr 18, 2006
NO BODY AS MENTION THE DRUG DEALERS IN POUND VA.THEY SHOULD TRY WOODROW HOLLOW ON BOLD CAMP
ASC

Roanoke, VA

#31 Apr 18, 2006
I moved here a while back, and I've noticed that it's horrible here...the drugs and all. It's EVERYWHERE.
Devan

Tucson, AZ

#32 Apr 18, 2006
Big roundup todfay was on 5 news anyone know any names. Think there were 42 counts or indictments today 4 18 06
Devan

United States

#33 Apr 18, 2006
WISE - A two-year investigation revolving around a drug subculture in Big Stone Gap has provided investigators in other states - including Tennessee - with leads on illicit drug suppliers to the tiny Wise County town, particularly significant amounts of cocaine.

On Tuesday, Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney Chad Dotson announced more than 100 felony indictments against 49 individuals in what the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force dubbed "Operation Street Sweeper." As of 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, 30 of the 49 individuals indicted by a special grand jury had been taken into custody during a daylong roundup.

"Most of this is a cocaine ring," Dotson said, describing "loose-knit networks" of distributors and users mostly in Big Stone Gap, Appalachia and Norton.

The larger suppliers of "sometimes pounds and pounds ... and kilos" of cocaine were linked to sources in Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, New York and the Tidewater area of Virginia. During the 3,000-plus man-hours of investigation, the DTF itself purchased $14,000 of cocaine and some other drugs like OxyContin, heroin, morphine and marijuana.

Dotson said authorities in those states and section of Virginia are delighted with the results of "Operation Street Sweeper" and will likely have significant drug crackdowns of their own in the near future. Delighted to be assistance to those jurisdictions were Wise County prosecutors, the Virginia State Police, the police departments of Big Stone Gap and Norton, and the regional DTF.

Dotson said the undercover drug operation "made a big dent in the Wise County drug culture today" and "some serious (local) drug dealers are off the streets. The message from today is, you are being watched. If you're going to sell drugs in our community, we're going to come after you."

He said the probe "very quickly" became the largest and most expansive undercover operation ever conducted by the regional DTF.

Indictments served by 2:45 p.m. Tuesday include:

•Willie Hamler, 47, Big Stone Gap, three counts distributing cocaine.

•Gerald Davis, 42, Big Stone Gap, one count distributing Lortab (Schedule III prescription drug).

•Lamar McCoo, 23, one count distributing cocaine.

•Jacqueline Warfe, 32, Big Stone Gap, one count distributing cocaine, two counts distributing Lortab, two counts distributing cocaine and Ritalin, one count of conspiracy.

•Karen Elkins, 33, Appalachia, two counts distributing cocaine.

•Kenneth Johnson, 35, Appalachia, one count distributing cocaine.

•Stephanie Coward, 36, two counts distributing cocaine.

•Darrell Smith, 41, Big Stone Gap, two counts distributing cocaine.

•Albert Jake Neely, 47, Wise, one count distributing heroin.

•Melvin Noaks, 44, Norton, two counts distributing cocaine.

•Steven Harvey, 28, Coeburn, one count distributing cocaine.

•Tammy Marie McMahan, 35, Big Stone Gap, two counts distributing Schedule II drugs.

•Jonathan Funk, 19, Big Stone Gap, one count distributing cocaine.

•Michael Funk, 23, Big Stone Gap, three counts distributing cocaine and one count of conspiracy.

•Levitticus Smith, 45, Norton, one count of distributing cocaine.

•Frank Gravely Jr., 40, three counts distributing cocaine.

•Jeffrey Noaks, 40, Big Stone Gap, one count distributing cocaine.

•Lee Ann Fogarty, 43, Appalachia, one count distributing cocaine.

•Tatum Joi Anderson, 26, Big Stone Gap, three counts distributing cocaine.

•Matthew Taylor, 20, Big Stone Gap, three counts of distributing cocaine and Demerol.

Previous arrests were disclosed as: Sean Dowdy, 25, Virginia Beach; Donald Hennsey, 52, Big Stone Gap, possession of cocaine; Michael Mitchell, 40, Big Stone Gap, possession cocaine with intent to distribute; Enoch Singleton, 29, Greensboro, N.C., possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and armed trafficking of cocaine; and Christina Brown, 25, Greensboro, N.C., possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
jAKE m

Hardy, VA

#34 Apr 18, 2006
where did you come across this aticle devan? if dont mind me asking
Devan

Tucson, AZ

#35 Apr 18, 2006
timesnews.net It wouldn't print the whole
StuckonStupid

Auburn Hills, MI

#36 Apr 22, 2006
At a press conference last Friday, Virginia local authorities announced the indictment of 33 people on charges of drug distribution and sales and the seizure of Marijuana, Cocaine, Opium, Ecstasy and psilocybin mushrooms worth $20,000-22,000. As of Monday afternoon, 15 of those indicted had been arrested, including eight Virginia University students.

The arrests mark the conclusion of a 15-month undercover operation conducted by the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement (JADE) Task Force. The investigation, dubbed "Operation Spring Break Down," involved agents from the Charlottesville, Virginia University and Albemarle County, Virginia police departments, the Virginia State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. These law enforcement officials were aided in the investigation by several University students and employees.

The news sent rumors flying about the University, as many students expected new arrests at any time. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Capt. Chip Harding of the Charlottesville Police Department said, "There's going to be a lot of people nervous tonight and wondering where the JADE operation is going next."

With such a preponderance of law enforcement resources arrayed against them, University drug offenders have a right to be nervous. But I'm more concerned about the conduct and priorities of the JADE task force.

On the surface, Operation Spring Break Down seems like an impressive piece of law enforcement. But a closer look reveals the humble nature of both the investigation and the offenses involved.
StuckonStupid

Auburn Hills, MI

#37 Apr 22, 2006
The JADE task force seized $20,000-22,000 worth of drugs and secured 33 indictments over the course of Operation Spring Break Down. That's an average of $606-666 per suspect -- small time stuff, to say the least. Furthermore, the individuals arrested were not part of any organized drug ring. Lt. Donald Campbell, the coordinator of the JADE task force, told The Daily Progress that "Some of the people … associated and dealt with each other, but not all those people knew each other and dealt with each other. It's not like one big ring or anything."

So, in sum, the 17 JADE personnel conducted a 15 month investigation and found only 33 isolated offenders in possession of an average of $606-666 worth of drugs apiece. That such an extensive investigation yielded such paltry results should call into question the true extent of the University's drug problem or perhaps the competence of the JADE task force.

The investigation seems particularly absurd in light of the swashbuckling manner in which last week's arrests were made. Beginning around 7 p.m. on Thursday, law enforcement officers, working in teams of five to six, raided numerous Corner bars in search of the suspects. Several students were arrested at the Biltmore Grill and one outside O'Neill's Pub. When asked about the decision to arrest the students at Corner bars, Campbell declined to offer an explanation.

Still more dramatic was JADE's initial attempt to capture the 15 University students who were indicted. Prior to the bar arrests, each student was sent a letter inviting him to join "Zeta Tau," a fictitious secret society. The students were instructed to meet at the Rotunda on Thursday evening for their induction. The five students who responded to the letter were escorted to City Hall in a van decorated with "Zeta Tau" insignia, where they were arrested.

Although slightly humorous, the "Zeta Tau" ruse was nothing short of juvenile. The JADE agents who laid the trap knew the names and addresses of each student suspect. But rather than arrest the students at their homes or fraternity houses, they devised an elaborate prank that served little purpose except to humiliate the suspects at the time of their arrest. At the press conference, Campbell joked that the name "Zeta Tau" stood for "Zero Tolerance."

JADE's conduct last week was out of all proportion to the severity of the suspects' alleged crimes, and it should cause the Charlottesville community to question the professionalism of its law enforcement officers. Rather than raiding bars, tricking suspects and crowing about their menial triumphs in a public press conference, JADE officials should have made the arrests quietly and moved on to other projects. The business of the Virginia police is law enforcement, not showmanship.

There are two possible conclusions to be drawn from Operation Spring Break Down: Either drugs are not a major problem at the University, or JADE is not competent to investigate the problem of drugs at the University. If 33 indictments and $22,000 worth of narcotics are the extent of the University's drug problem, then our law enforcement resources could be put to better use. But if those seizures and indictments are representative of a larger drug problem, they're a sorry prize for 15 months' work.
Sans

United States

#38 Apr 23, 2006
I hate cocaine and other deadly drugs.
TuffnDamien

Baltimore, MD

#39 Apr 25, 2006
StuckonStupid wrote:
The JADE task force seized $20,000-22,000 worth of drugs and secured 33 indictments over the course of Operation Spring Break Down. That's an average of $606-666 per suspect -- small time stuff, to say the least. Furthermore, the individuals arrested were not part of any organized drug ring. Lt. Donald Campbell, the coordinator of the JADE task force, told The Daily Progress that "Some of the people … associated and dealt with each other, but not all those people knew each other and dealt with each other. It's not like one big ring or anything."

So, in sum, the 17 JADE personnel conducted a 15 month investigation and found only 33 isolated offenders in possession of an average of $606-666 worth of drugs apiece. That such an extensive investigation yielded such paltry results should call into question the true extent of the University's drug problem or perhaps the competence of the JADE task force.

The investigation seems particularly absurd in light of the swashbuckling manner in which last week's arrests were made. Beginning around 7 p.m. on Thursday, law enforcement officers, working in teams of five to six, raided numerous Corner bars in search of the suspects. Several students were arrested at the Biltmore Grill and one outside O'Neill's Pub. When asked about the decision to arrest the students at Corner bars, Campbell declined to offer an explanation.

Still more dramatic was JADE's initial attempt to capture the 15 University students who were indicted. Prior to the bar arrests, each student was sent a letter inviting him to join "Zeta Tau," a fictitious secret society. The students were instructed to meet at the Rotunda on Thursday evening for their induction. The five students who responded to the letter were escorted to City Hall in a van decorated with "Zeta Tau" insignia, where they were arrested.

Although slightly humorous, the "Zeta Tau" ruse was nothing short of juvenile. The JADE agents who laid the trap knew the names and addresses of each student suspect. But rather than arrest the students at their homes or fraternity houses, they devised an elaborate prank that served little purpose except to humiliate the suspects at the time of their arrest. At the press conference, Campbell joked that the name "Zeta Tau" stood for "Zero Tolerance."

JADE's conduct last week was out of all proportion to the severity of the suspects' alleged crimes, and it should cause the Charlottesville community to question the professionalism of its law enforcement officers. Rather than raiding bars, tricking suspects and crowing about their menial triumphs in a public press conference, JADE officials should have made the arrests quietly and moved on to other projects. The business of the Virginia police is law enforcement, not showmanship.

There are two possible conclusions to be drawn from Operation Spring Break Down: Either drugs are not a major problem at the University, or JADE is not competent to investigate the problem of drugs at the University. If 33 indictments and $22,000 worth of narcotics are the extent of the University's drug problem, then our law enforcement resources could be put to better use. But if those seizures and indictments are representative of a larger drug problem, they're a sorry prize for 15 months' work.
That is some pretty shotty police work if I do say so myself. They are probably so proud of themselves. What idiots
YOUNG ONE FROM BSG

United States

#40 Apr 27, 2006
DOES ANYBODY KNOW ANY PEOPLE FROM APPALACHIA VA. THAT IS ANY TROUBLE?

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