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Tazewell business owner gets 11 years on drug, gun charges

TAZEWELL (WVVA) - A Tazewell County business owner has been sentenced to 11 years behind bars for drug distribution and firearms charges.

30-year-old Sep Zu Ha, also known as Joseph Ha, of Tazewell was initially sentenced on Aug. 29 in Tazewell County Circuit Court to 102 years incarceration on numerous charges. All but 11 years of the sentence was suspended by Judge Jack Hurley.

Ha owned Star Nails in North Tazewell.

Ha had previously entered guilty pleas to a laundry list of charges, including two counts of distribution of cocaine, one count of distribution of Alprazolam, one count of felony distribution of marijuana, six counts of misdemeanor distribution of marijuana, two counts of distribution of a Schedule III controlled substance, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and five counts of distribution of a scheduled controlled substance on public or school property.

View WVVA.com's previous reports on this case

Investigators said Ha traveled to several states to obtain various drugs including cocaine, hydroponically-grown marijuana, and prescription medications which were sold in the Tazewell area -- including in and around his place of business.

The investigation also revealed that Ha sold an UZI assault pistol to an undercover informant.

Ha was arrested in Dec. 2012. At the time of the arrest police said they found drugs at Ha's business and his home.

Ha was also accused of selling drugs to children on school property.

"We are very pleased at the sentence the defendant received and hope that it serves as a warning to other drug dealers in Tazewell County to get out of the business," stated Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt.


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