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UPDATE: 29 targeted in Fayette County drug roundup

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OAK HILL (WVVA) - Nearly 30 Fayette County residents wanted on drug charges were targeted in a county-wide sweep Thursday.

A total of 29 individuals were being sought. As of 1 p.m. Thursday, 23 had been arrested and arraigned.

Fourteen of the warrants involved prescription drug offenses, Sheriff Steve Kessler said in a news release.

"Most of these individuals are no stranger to the criminal justice system," Kessler said. "Several of them have been arrested on numerous prior occasions."

"Sadly, this is just the tip of the iceberg," Kessler added. "There are numerous additional individuals still out there peddling their poison on the streets of Fayette County."

Kessler says citizens can rest assured that authorities are "aggressively pursuing" drug offenders in the county.

The roundup is being conducted by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, Oak Hill Police Department, West Virginia State Police, U.S. Marshall's Service and Central WV Drug Task Force.

Arrest warrants were issued for the following individuals:

  • Mitchell Wood of Montgomery - 2 counts of delivery of heroin
  • James Housely of Montgomery - 2 counts of delivery of heroin
  • Kayla Wood of Montgomery - 1 count of delivery of roxycodone
  • Slade Terrell of Montgomery - 1 count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver
  • Jessie Tamsey of Smithers - 2 counts of delivery of cocaine, 1 count of conspiracy to commit a felony
  • Mark Foster of Hilltop - 1 county of delivery of roxycodone
  • James Cosby of Scarbro - 1 count of conspiracy to commit a felony
  • Kaitlin Cogar of Fayetteville - Transportation of a controlled substance into the state
  • Evan Evans of Mount Hope - Transportation of a controlled substance into the state
  • Alesha Canfield of Oak Hill - 1 count of delivery of opana, 1 count of conspiracy to commit a felony
  • Christopher Barrett of Scarbro - 2 counts of delivery of heroin, 1 count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver
  • Demetran Devon Gray of Oak Hill - 2 counts of delivery of cocaine
  • Jason Steven Smith of Oak Hill - 2 counts of delivery of heroin, 1 count of possession of heroin with intent to deliver
  • Aaron Pettry of Scarbro - Possession with intent to deliver heroin, conspiracy to commit a felony
  • Gary Criss of Hilltop - Delivery of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a felony
  • Myles Mathis of Glen Jean - Delivery of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a felony, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver
  • Russell Lee Taylor of Anstead - 2 counts of delivery of roxycodone, conspiracy to commit a felony
  • Crystal Benger of Edmond - 2 counts of delivery of roxycodone, conspiracy to commit a felony
  • Paul Buckner of Oak Hill - Delivery of roxycodone with 1,000 feet of a school, conspiracy to commit a felony
  • Carla Sue Smith of Fayetteville - delivery of roxycodone within 1,000 feet of a school, 2 counts of conspiracy to commit a felony
  • Josh Meadows of Fayetteville - Delivery of marijuana
  • Robert Toney of Hilltop - Delivery of hydrocodone
  • Ella Buckner of Oak Hill - 2 counts of delivery of roxycodone
  • Greg Kincaid of Oak Hill - Conspiracy to commit a felony
  • Vicky Wriston of Oak Hill - 3 counts of delivery of roxycodone, delivery of heroin, conspiracy to commit a felony
  • Earl Keith Withrow of Oak Hill - 2 counts of delivery of ritalin
  • James Garten of Fayetteville - Possession with intent to deliver ritalin, felon in possession of a firearm
  • Mary Garten of Fayetteville - Possession with intent to deliver ritalin, felon in possession of a firearm
  • Travis Hopkins of Fayetteville - 2 counts of delivery of roxycodone, conspiracy to commit a felony

As of 1 p.m., authorities were still seeking Kayla Wood, Alesha Canfield, Gary Criss, Paul Buckner, Robert Toney and Vicky Wriston. If you have any information on the whereabouts of these individuals you are asked to call the Fayette County 911 Center at 304-574-3590, the West Virginia State Police at 304-256-6700 or Crimestoppers at 394-255-7867.

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