Year Long Drug Investigation in McDowell County Leads to Arrests
UPDATE MAY 22, 2017 6:15 P.M. BY JOE PUTRELO:
The McDowell County Sheriff's Department has announced arrests for three more suspects from a drug roundup of 10 people that happened Thursday, May 18, 2017.
That night three suspects whose names hadn't been released until Monday, May 22, 2017 were arrested on drug charges.
Lisa Hagerman was charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance. Orell Hagerman was also arrested and charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of felony conspiracy. Harry Lee Daniels was the third new suspect taken in on two counts of a delivery of a controlled substance charge and a felon in possession of a firearm.
A total 10 suspects have now been arrested and charged in this drug roundup. Deputies said they are still looking for other suspects.
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UPDATE MAY 18, 2017 6:30 P.M. BY JOE PUTRELO:
"Stay clean," Erick Scotty Viars, McDowell County native, said as he sat in handcuffs at the McDowell County Sheriff's Department. "Do that, and stay in school."
That's a lesson he wanted to pass along. While on a drug charge.
59News captured exclusive video of deputies arraigning him and five others the morning of Thursday, May 18, 2017. They're charged with dealing drugs like pills, cocaine and crack.
"We want the public to know that we're going to work to stop these that's causing the problems, the selling drugs to your children and people that's involved with it," Martin B. West, McDowell County sheriff, said. "We're going to be out there looking for them."
Viars, Keisha Rife, Donna Rife, Charles Hill, Keonya Smith and Matthew Dickerson were all taken in to the sheriff's department that day. Roy Williams, who is already in the Southern Regional Jail for a different reason, also was charged.
Every suspect in this drug roundup has one thing in common, each are charged with delivery of a controlled substance.
"These are people that we know," West said. "These are citizens of the county and people at a hard time right now."
West said the investigation for this drug bust is more than a year in the making. He told 59News it took that long because one mistake could have ruined it all.
"You have to get everything right when you go to court," West said. "If you don't, it could be thrown out."
Deputies said they plan to arrest at least three more people as part of this drug roundup. Their names haven't been given out as of Thursday, May 18, 2017 so that it doesn't affect the investigation.
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On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the McDowell County Sheriff's Office and the Southern Regional Violent Crime and Drug Task Force conducted a drug warrant round up.
Deputies arrested six of the ten suspects involved in the investigation. One was already in jail on unrelated offenses. All seven of the individuals were charged with delivery of a controlled substance among other charges.
According to McDowell County Sheriff, Martin B. West, they are not done looking for the remaining individuals.
"We want the public to know that we're gonna work to stop these that's causing the problems, the selling drugs to your children and people that's involved with it. We're going to be out there looking for them," West said.
The drugs involved in the roundup were mainly pills, cocaine and crack.