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Tazewell County pawn shop owner pleads guilty to drug trafficking charges


TAZEWELL COUNTY, VA (WVVA) A Tazewell County pawn shop owner pleads guilty to multiple drug distribution charges.

Bobby Wayne Stevenson, 58, of Gabriel Street in Pounding Mill, VA entered no contest pleas to distribution of oxycodone, hydrocodone, and  clonazepam. He was also convicted of one count of child endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

Prosecutors say Stevenson was selling drugs out of his shop in the Claypool Hill area. They say the child endangerment conviction was "based on Stevenson holding a small child in his arms while conducting a drug transaction." Though he was a convicted felon, Stevenson purchased and possessed several firearms through his business. He also faces a new charge of petit larceny "dealing with the theft of gravel."

"This prosecution was a joint effort by our office and our local law enforcement agencies. This case is a result of many hours of dedicated work by the Tazewell County Narcotics Task Force, Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, and Virginia State Police. This result is a direct reflection of the hard work that went into this investigation by all agencies involved," says Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Lee.

Stevenson will remain on house arrest until his sentencing hearing in December. 

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