Ohio man charged in high school students’ overdose of heroin-laced vape pens

(FOX) — An Ohio man was arrested in West Virginia Thursday after heroin-laced vape pens sent two high school students to the hospital in a 24-hour period, police said.

Tristan Anderson, 23, of Bolivar, Ohio, has been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, the Morgantown Police Department said in a news release cited by WBOY.

Anderson was pulled over in Morgantown, about 150 miles southeast of Bolivar, around 6 p.m. Wednesday, police said.


Search of Raleigh County, WV, residence leads to arrests, seizure of heroin, fentanyl mixture

Two people were arrested and a mixture of heroin and fentanyl was among items seized as a result of a search of a Raleigh County residence over the weekend.

According to a press release from the county sheriff's office, the search was conducted by members of the Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit, U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Officers executed a search warrant at a residence at 118 Main Street in Sophia. The search was a result of an ongoing investigation, deputies said.


Three men are arrested on drug charges in Huntington

HUNTINGTON - Three men, two from Akron, Ohio, were arrested Thursday afternoon by the Huntington Violent Crimes Drug Task Force on drug distribution charges.

James Elijah Ladrew Clark, 26, and Robert Von Wilson, 23, both of Akron, were each charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Edwin Lamar Prude, 28, of Huntington, was also charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver along with one count of obstruction.


Nearly 60 indicted in Raleigh County, WV, as result of drug task force investigations

BECKLEY — As a result of investigative efforts by an area drug task force, nearly 60 people were recently indicted in Raleigh County.

The Beckley Police Department announced the indictments Monday. The Beckley Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force is made up of members of the department as well as members of the Raleigh County Sheriff's Office and West Virginia State Police.

Those indicted had been involved in drug trafficking operations in and around the area of Beckley and Raleigh County, according to a release from the police department.


HOPE Clinic Physician Sentenced for Money Laundering Conspiracy

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that a HOPE Clinic physician, Dr. John Pellegrini, D.O., 64, of Huntington, West Virginia, was sentenced to 87 months imprisonment for conspiracy to launder money. Pellegrini was also ordered to forfeit $574,507 to the United States, as that amount represents the proceeds of his offense. Stuart praised the investigation conducted by the U.S.


Federal prosecutors report dismantling of major drug ring distributing in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Thirty people are facing charges after a multi-state investigation into drug trafficking. Investigators say it is the largest seizure of methamphetamine in West Virginia history.

United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced "PROJECT PARKERSBURG" during a press conference Thursday. Investigators dismantled a drug trafficking organization that spanned several states.

Seventeen people are charged in a federal indictment for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.


Large drug operation takes down 17 in Mon County; 4 in Detroit

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — 17 people were arrested locally and four in Detroit as part of Operation Lion’s Den, a multistate investigation with federal, state and local law enforcement that targeted the Maurice Swift drug organization.

Dewayne Haddix, with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) made the announcement at a Wednesday press conference at the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department.


Grand juries indict 31 in connection with drug operation in Wetzel, Tyler counties

WHEELING — A total of 31 people from West Virginia and Ohio have been indicted in connection with a drug distribution operation running in Wetzel and Tyler counties.

Bill Powell, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, said Tuesday that 23 indictments were returned by a federal grand jury in Wheeling June 5 in connection to an operation distributing methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.


U.S. Attorney announces 69-count indictment charging owners, managers and physicians associated with Hope Clinic

United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced the unsealing of a 69-count indictment charging a total of 12 individuals with operating a “pill mill.”  The indictment charges the owners, managers and physicians associated with HOPE Clinic, which operated as a purported pain management clinic in Beckley, Beaver and Charleston, West Virginia, as well as Wytheville, Virginia, and a related company, with conspiring to distribute oxycodone and other Schedule II controlled substances, not for legitimate medical purposes and outside the usual course of professional practice, from November 2010 to Ju


California man sentenced to federal prison for methamphetamine charge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A California man caught receiving a shipment of crystal methamphetamine in Huntington earlier this year was sentenced today to three years and a month in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Christian Duran, 34, of San Jose, previously pleaded guilty to attempted possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.