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21 drug indictments handed down in Tazewell County

WANTED: Matthew Crigger WANTED: Matthew Crigger
Photo by Mark Hughes Photo by Mark Hughes

RICHLANDS (WVVA) - A total of 21 drug-related indictments against 20 individuals were released by authorities in Tazewell County Monday during a afternoon news conference in Richlands.

The indictments were handed down during the May 7, 2013 sitting of the Tazewell County Grand Jury. All 20 individuals have been taken into custody.

View the complete list of indictments

SLIDESHOW: View mugshots of those indicted

In addition, two other suspects -- identified as Matthew Shane Crigger, 27, of Jewell Ridge and David Junior Blankenship, 36, of Richlands -- are currently wanted by the Tazewell County Narcotics Task Force and remain at large.

Among those indicted are business owner John Griffith and employees Brian Buckland and Jennifer Shorter, who are charged in connection with the sale of synthetic cannabinoids -- a type of synthetic marijuana.

Buckland faces 8 counts, Griffith 6 counts and Shorter one count.

The three worked at 'Slackers,' a tobacco shop in Richlands. A second store in Tazewell recently closed.

These indictments represent a year-long collaborative investigation by the Tazewell County Narcotics Task Force, Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, Richlands Police Department, Tazewell Police Department, Bluefield, Va., Police Department, Virginia State Police and Cedar Bluff Police Department.


NOTE: A photo identified as David Blankenship that previously accompanied this story was removed due to the wrong photo being submitted to the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office.

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