Grand jury indicts 32 on drug charges
A grand jury indicted 32 people in Patrick County Circuit Court Sept. 2 as a result of a 15-month covert drug operation by the Patrick County Sheriff's Office, according to a news release from Sheriff Dan Smith.
Smith said his deputies, along with officers from surrounding agencies, worked throughout the day on Thursday, Sept. 4, arresting individuals named in the indictments.
"Methamphetamine, Schedule II and III prescription medications and cocaine were the primary drugs of choice among the dealers arrested," Smith said. "We have seen a significant rise in the illegal use and distribution of powerful prescription drugs like Oxycodone and Methadone."
Smith said these drugs are just as dangerous as illicit drugs like methamphetamine and cocaine if they are not used in accordance with a physician's instructions.
Smith noted that his agency has seen a number of overdose deaths as a result of the street use of prescription drugs.
"It's a growing issue everywhere, but it seems particularly predominant in rural areas, and we are going to do everything in our power to combat it," Smith said.
Most of those indicted are currently incarcerated in either Virginia or North Carolina.
The indictments were sealed, and those that are unserved will be unsealed on Sept. 17 by the Patrick County Circuit Court, Smith said.
The Martinsville Police Department, the Henry County Sheriff's Office, and the Virginia State Police assisted Patrick deputies in the round-up on Sept. 4.
The following individuals have been arrested on drug charges:
*Zacharian Kurt Robinson, 27, of Stuart, was arrested Sept. 4 on five counts of conspiracy to sell an imitation drug or controlled substance, one count of sale of a Schedule I or II controlled substance, and one count of sale of marijuana.
Sgt. Eric O'Connell, Investigator Nick Pendleton, and Lt. Rob Coleman made the arrest.
*Jesse Delreece Nance, 36, of Stuart, was arrested Sept. 4 on a charge of selling a Schedule III controlled substance.
O'Connell, Pendleton, and Investigator Karen Weidhaas made the arrest.
*Thomas William Taylor, 27, of Patrick Springs, was arrested Sept. 4 on charges of conspiring to sell an imitation drug and sale of an imitation controlled substance.
O'Connell, Pendleton and Deputy W.D. Haymore made the arrest.
*Kirstan Spangler, 21, of Stuart, was arrested Sept. 4 on three counts of sale of an imitation controlled substance.
O'Connell made the arrest.
*Thomas Webb, 51, of Stuart, was arrested Sept. 4 on two counts of sale of a Schedule III controlled substance.
The arrest was made by O'Connell, Pendleton, and Sheriff Smith.
*Katie Sue Childress, 56, of Stuart, was arrested Sept. 4 on three counts of sale of a Schedule III controlled substance and two counts of sale of a Schedule IV controlled substance.
The arrest was made by O'Connell and Pendleton.
*Priscilla Ann Martin, 35, of Stuart, was arrested Sept. 4 on four counts of sale of a Schedule I or II controlled substance.
O'Connell, Pendleton and Weidhaas made the arrest.
*Timothy Murrell Lewis, 40, of Ridgeway, was arrested Sept. 4 on three counts of sale of a Schedule I or II controlled substance and one count of conspiracy to sell a Schedule I or II controlled substance.
The arrest was made by O'Connell, Pendleton and Haymore.
*Michelle Lynn Robinette, 45, of Ridgeway, was arrested Sept. 4 on conspiracy to sell a Schedule I or II controlled substance and five counts of selling a Schedule I or II controlled substance.
O'Connell, Pendleton and Weidhaas made the arrest.
*Brandon Omar Hatcher, 28, of Stuart, was arrested Sept. 4 on three counts of sale of a Schedule I or II controlled substance and two counts of carrying a concealed weapon.
O'Connell, Pendleton and Weidhaas made the arrest.
*John Edward Vaughan, 26, of Galax, was arrested Sept. 4 on a charge of possession of cocaine.
The arrest was made by O'Connell, Pendleton, and Major Garry Brown.
*Dale Harmon Wade, 51, of Wytheville, was arrested Sept. 4 on two counts of selling a Schedule I or II controlled substance.
O'Connell, Pendleton and Haymore made the arrest.
*Kelly Ryan Meadows, 32, of Ararat, was arrested Sept. 5 on a charge of selling marijuana.
O'Connell, Pendleton and Haymore made the arrest.
*Gary William Jones, 39, of Spencer, was arrested Sept. 4 on a charge of manufacturing marijuana.
O'Connell, Pendleton and Coleman made the arrest.
*Michael Keith Dove, 45, of Bassett, was arrested Sept. 6 on charges of manufacturing marijuana and possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance.
Deputy Barry Lee Vipperman made the arrest.