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December 5, 2017

Wayne Co. Sheriff catches heroin dealers 'red handed'

PRICHARD, W.Va. -- Wayne Co. Sheriff Rick Thompson announced today that the Wayne County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 2 men from Kentucky after they met with the buyer in the Prichard area.

CAUGHT RED HANDED: Charles "Chuck" Marcum, left, and Joshua Andrews were caught handing over the drugs by Wayne Co. Sheriff Rick Thompson and his drug fighting unite Sunday night at Prichard, W.Va.CAUGHT RED HANDED: Charles "Chuck" Marcum, left, and Joshua Andrews were caught handing over the drugs by Wayne Co. Sheriff Rick Thompson and his drug fighting unite Sunday night at Prichard, W.Va.


The DEU watched a hand to hand Heroin transaction and interrupted it.

Heroin and cash were seized.

Heroin bust at PrichardHeroin bust at Prichard


Charles 'Chuck' Marcum, 43, Lawrence Co., Ky.,  was charged with Delivery of a controlled substance, Possession with Intent to Deliver, and Conspiracy. Joshua Andrews, 30, also from Lawrence Co., Ky. was charged with Aiding and Abetting delivery of a controlled substance, Possession with Intent to Deliver, and Conspiracy. 

Both men were taken to the Southwestern Regional Jail and booked on December 3, 2017.

Sheriff Thompson was present with the Drug Enforcement Unit. Road patrol deputies assisted.


December 4, 2017


Press Release Reference Shooting on Pigeon Roost Road 12/03/17

On December 3rd, 2017 at approximately 2:15 pm the Lawrence County 911 Center received an EMS call reference a 14 year-old juvenile that was unresponsive and possibly under the influence of drugs on Pigeon Roost Road in Lawrence County.

Boyd Co Juvenile Detention CenterBoyd Co Juvenile Detention Center

While the ambulance and fire department were en route to the location
911 received a second call stating that the juvenile had become combative
and had retrieved a firearm, threatening to shoot people and then fired
shots toward subjects.

At that time the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office was dispatched as well as the Kentucky State Police. While law enforcement was en route the caller stated that the juvenile had fired multiple shots.

A short time after the arrival of law enforcement the juvenile was taken
into custody without incident. The juvenile was lodged in the Boyd County
Juvenile Detention Center. No one was injured in the incident.

An investigation is being conducted by Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler and the
Lawrence County Sheriff's Office. They were assisted at the scene by the
Kentucky State Police. Netcare Ambulance Service also responded to the
scene as a precaution and Blaine Fire Department was placed on standby.

Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler
Lawrence County Sheriff's Office
Phone - 606-638-4368



DECEMBER 3, 2017 - written by WADE QUEEN

Jonathan Young, left,  and Randy WrightJonathan Young, left, and Randy Wright

Two Louisa, Ky men were arrested Saturday night by the Wayne County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit after what started out as a simple traffic stop that later yielded during a search an active meth lab that was actually working in making a new batch of meth; along with other contraband material.

According to the arrest report, the Wayne County DEU made a traffic stop on a Ford Ranger with Lawrence County, Kentucky tags, after observing the Ranger pickup truck having defective equipment.

During the traffic stop, the officers observed an active meth lab in the console area of the truck. A search of the vehicle yielded multiple ingredients and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Finished meth product was collected along with ICE (Methamphetamine) packaged for distribution. Digital scales, packaging material, and cash were seized. 

The Wayne County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Jonathan Michael Young, 39, and Randy Scott Wright, 29, both of Louisa, and they were each charged with five felony charges: Operating or Attempting to Operate Clandestine Drug Laboratories, possession of precursors for meth, Pseudoephedrine Altered, Possession with Intent to Deliver, and Conspiracy.

Wayne County Sheriff Rick Thompson, along with Wayne County Sheriff Department Road Patrol Deputies assisted.

Sheriff Thompson says it's a rare occasion to find an active mobile meth lab and appreciates the hard work of the Wayne County Sheriff Department Road Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Unit.

For more information contact 304-272-6378 for sheriff's office and 304-272-5016 is the TIP line.


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