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Tazewell Co. man arrested after police seize bath salts

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POUNDING MILL, Va (PRESS RELEASE) -- On Wednesday, agents with the Tazewell County Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the residence of David Rudolph Taylor on Pounding Mill Branch Rd., after an extensive eight month investigation.


Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security told the agents about a package seized by U.S. Customs agents in Anchorage, Alaska. The package seized contained approximately 4 oz. of "bath salts" which Taylor had ordered from China. These narcotics had an estimated street value of $12,000.

Taylor was arrested and charged with Possession with the intent to Distribute a Schedule I/II narcotic. He is being held without bond in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority, Tazewell Facility.
 
Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Lee stated, "This is a great demonstration of cooperation between local, state and federal agencies." There was a great deal of work put in on this case, for many months by agents of the Virginia State Police, Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, Tazewell Police Department, Richlands Police Department and Bluefield Police Departments. Agents seized a number of items from within the residence as evidence of this ongoing investigation."
 
Lt. Jeffery White, of the Tazewell Police Department said, "Our officers put in countless hours after receiving the tip from the Dept. of Homeland Security and they did an outstanding job conducting surveillance and following leads." It would appear through the course of this investigation that Taylor had been conducting his illegal enterprise for some time. Closing the loop and making this arrest will have a dramatic impact on the illegal sale of 'bath salts' in our area."
 
The Virginia Legislature has passed numerous laws regarding the possession and sale of these deadly narcotics after an alarming rise in violent crimes across the nation.

Sheriff Brian Hieatt stated, "This should show those that would attempt to introduce illegal narcotics into our county that we will work around the clock and with agencies from all over the globe to stop the flow of these drugs into our communities." 

 

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