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Over 30 arrested in 'Operation Appalachian Action' drug bust

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UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.

The Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney's office has released the names of those either under arrest or indicted as part of the operation:

1. Sherry N. Pierce, 39, of Appalachia - 3 counts of Distributing Schedule III controlled substances (Buprenorphine)

2. Dorothea V. Mitchell, 55 of Appalachia - 1 count of Distributing a Schedule II controlled substance (Methamphetamine)

3. Kelsey B. Miller, 24 of Big Stone Gap - 1 count of Distributing a Schedule II controlled substance (Methamphetamine) & 1 Count of conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule II controlled substance Methamphetamine

4. Robin R. Boggs, 54 of Appalachia- 1 count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance (Methamphetamine)

5. Joshua S. Carroll, 28 of Big Stone Gap - 1 count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance ( Methamphetamine)

6. Jamie L. Christian, 38 of Big Stone Gap - 1 count of distributing s Schedule II controlled substance ( Methamphetamine)

7. Richard A. Krovich, 48 of Appalachia - 2 counts of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance ( Methamphetamine)

8. Jeffrey T. Lawson, 40 of Appalachia - 2 counts of distributing s Schedule II controlled substance ( Methamphetamine)

9. Garfield D. Mullins, 55 of Big Stone Gap - 1 count of distributing a Schedule I controlled substance (Synthetic Cannabinoid)

10. Jonathan A. Rollins, 36 of Big Stone Gap - 1 count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance (Methamphetamine)

11. Princeton E. Smith, 27 of Big Stone Gap -1 count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance(Methamphetamine)

12. Daniel Wagers, 26 of Big Stone Gap - 1 count of distributing a Schedule III controlled substance (Buprenorphine)

13. Holden T. Burke, 26 of Big Stone Gap - 1 count of distributing a Schedule III(Buprenorphine) controlled substance, 1count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance (Methamphetamine)& 1 count of conspiracy to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance ( Methamphetamine)

14. Kimberly D. Wiseman, 58 of Big Stone Gap - 1 count of distributing a Schedule III controlled substance (Buprenorphine)

15. Brian K. Baldwin, 39 of Big Stone Gap - 1 count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance ( Methamphetamine)

16. Jessica R. Carroll, 32 of Appalachia -1 count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance ( Methamphetamine)

17. Christy M. Doffermyer, 38 of Big Stone Gap - 2 counts of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance (Methamphetamine & Cocaine)

18. Kevin Hodnett, 29 of Appalachia - 1 count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance (Methamphetamine)

19. Jamie C. Jessee, 39 of Appalachia - 1 count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance & 1 count of conspiracy to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance (Methamphetamine)

20. Trevor L. Johnson, 26 of Big Stone Gap - 1 count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance (Methamphetamine)

21. Timothy A. McMahan, Jr., 26 of Appalachia - 1 count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance ( Methamphetamine)

22. Casey R. Reed, 26 of Appalachia - 1 count of distributing an imitation Schedule II controlled substance & 1 count of distributing an imitation Schedule II controlled substance near a school

23. Keith E. Ritchie, 56 of Appalachia - 1 count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance ( Methamphetamine)

24. William K. Sargent, 42 of Appalachia - 3 counts of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance (Methamphetamine)

25. Michael R. Turner, 30 of Appalachia - 1 count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance (Methamphetamine)

26. Brett M. Bowers, 26 of Appalachia - 2 counts of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance (Methamphetamine)

27. Steven L. Hess, 24 of Big Stone Gap - 1 count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance (Methamphetamine)

28. Terrence J. Poole, 44 of Big Stone Gap – 1 count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance(Oxycodone) & 1 count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance near a school (Oxycodone)

29. Chad Allen Garrett, 35 of Keokee – 1 count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance (Methamphetamine)

30. Dillan Arthur Robinette, 26 of Big Stone Gap– 1 count of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance (Methamphetamine)

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Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp and Wise County Sheriff Ronnie Oakes announced that a 15-month investigation called "Operation Appalachian Action" has resulted in the arrests of more than 30 people in Southwest Virginia.

The areas in and around Appalachia and Big Stone Gap were investigated for the past 15 months by numerous law enforcement agencies for illegal drug activity.

News 5's Olivia Bailey covered the announcement and will have more Thursday evening on News 5.

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