16 arrested, authorities searching for eight others in connection to Henry County drug investigation

 

HENRY COUNTY (WSLS 10) - A joint drug investigation, which took place over the period of about a year, resulted in 79 felony charges against 24 adults.

Of those 24 indicted by a grand jury on Monday, 16 were arrested on Wednesday and law enforcement agents are still searching for eight others, who face 31 felonies.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the Henry County Commonwealth Attorney's Office, Virginia State Police, Martinsville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency conducted the operation in Henry County.

Quantities of meth, cocaine and marijuana ranging from about 1 gram to 4 pounds were seized during the operation, according to the sheriff's office.

In addition, quantities of pharmaceutical pills ranging from 5 to 100 were seized during this operation.

Multiple properties of land and homes, multiple vehicles, and U.S. Currency in excess of $34,000, were also seized during this investigation.

The following 16 people were arrested on Wednesday, November 23 and face the following charges.

  1. Clifford Beal, of Collinsville, Va.

    1. Three counts of distribution of cocaine
    2. Two counts of possession of a firearm while distributing cocaine
    3. Distribution of an imitation controlled substance
    4. Obtain money by false pretense
    5. Distribution of a Schedule VI controlled substance
  2. Bobby Carter, of Martinsville, Va.

    1. Four counts of distribution of meth, second offense
    2. Conspiracy to distribute meth
  3. Larry Foster of Ridgeway, Va.

    1. Three counts of distribution of cocaine, second offense
  4. Bobbi Jo Gutowski, of Ridgeway, Va.

    1. Three counts of distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance
  5. Jason Hayes, of Ridgeway, Va.

    1. Distribution of cocaine, third offense
    2. Conspiracy to distribute cocaine
  6. Jamie Hodges, of Collinsville, Va.

    1. Distribution of meth
  7. Vincent Jamison, of Martinsville, Va.

    1. Distribution of oxycodone
    2. Conspiracy to distribute oxycodone
  8. Justin Menefee, of Martinsville, Va.

    1. Distribution of cocaine, third or subsequent offense
  9. Bernard Moore, of Martinsville, Va.

    1. Three counts of distribution of cocaine
  10. Keith Peters, of Collinsville, Va.

    1. Distribution of meth
    2. Conspiracy to distribute meth
  11. William Rea, of Collinsville, Va.

    1. Three counts of distribution of meth
  12. Nicole Robinette, of Ridgeway, Va.

    1. Distribution of Methadone
    2. Distribution of oxycodone
  13. Ronald David Robinette Jr., of Ridgeway

    1. Two counts of distribution of oxycodone
    2. Child endangerment
  14. Brenda Giggetts Taylor, of Martinsville, Va.

    1. Distribution of oxycodone
    2. Conspiracy to distribute oxycodone
  15. Kaklia Taylor, of Ridgeway, Va.

    1. Two counts of distribution of cocaine
    2. Conspiracy to distribute cocaine
  16. Charles Whisenton, of Bassett, Va.

    1. Three counts of distribution of cocaine, third or subsequent offense
 

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