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UPDATE: Alleged drug dealer busted in Tazewell

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NORTH TAZEWELL (WVVA) - A major drug bust in Tazewell County Tuesday took down an alleged dealer who is accused of selling drugs to kids -- on school property.

Sep Zu Ha, also known as 'Chingy' was arrested on 22 counts -- 19 of those felonies -- for selling and possessing drugs including marijuana and cocaine.

Police found drugs hidden in Ha's nail salon, Star Nails, as well as at his home on Harman Street in North Tazewell.

Police say they considered Ha, a convicted felon, a danger to society. If convicted, Ha could face life in prison.

Tuesday's sting was the result of a lengthy, multi-agency investigation. Following is the full news release on the arrest:

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TAZEWELL (NEWS RELEASE) - Agents, deputies and officers from the Tazewell County Narcotics Task Force, Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, Tazewell Police Department and the Virginia State Police executed a 22 count indictment and search warrants on the business and residence of Sep Zu Ha, aka Jusep Ha, aka Chingy. Ha has been indicted on the following counts; Possession/Distribution of a Controlled Substance on School or Public Property (7 counts), Distribution of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance (4 counts), Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana > 1⁄2 oz but < 5 lbs (5 counts), Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (1 count), Distribution of Schedule III Controlled Substance (1 count), Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance, Distribution of Marijuana < 1⁄2 oz (3 counts, Misdemeanor).

This has been an ongoing case involving the agencies listed above, Commonwealth's Attorney Mr. Dennis Lee stated, "This is a cooperative effort and should demonstrate to those that deal in dangerous drugs that we are working hard every day to combat the problem and that we will not rest until those dealers are brought to justice." The agencies involved have spent countless hours keeping Mr. Ha under surveillance and monitoring all of his financial transactions. Chief DeWitt Cooper, Chief of Police for Tazewell Police Department stated, "There have been a number of complaints regarding Mr. Ha and his dealings, both in his shop, in and around our schools and in our parks. We want our citizens to feel comfortable walking in the park and taking their children to school without worrying there is a drug dealer in the parking lot waiting to sell their child drugs."

This case is far from over, there will be many more man hours spent inventorying, searching, and cataloging Mr. Ha's belongings. Sheriff Brian Hieatt of the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office stated, "Mr. Ha is a dangerous man with deep rooted drug connections in other states. While Mr. Ha is in custody our investigation will continue and we are prepared to do whatever is necessary to break up this operation and if that includes going to other jurisdictions outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia with our evidence we are prepared to do that." This case has had a number of twists and turns and there are certainly a number of other individuals in our community that will be seeing an officer or deputy showing up on their doorstep with an indictment for their involvement.

Troopers with the Virginia State Police Tactical Team were used to take Ha into custody due to his propensity for having weapons near him at all times. Mr. Ha will be taken before the Circuit Court Judge and arraigned on these charges and any other charges that may stem from the execution of the search warrants on his home and place of business (Star Nails) both in the North Tazewell area. Mr. Ha is a convicted non-violent felon and is therefore not permitted by State and Federal statute to be in possession of a firearm. 

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