WILLIAMSON – On Tuesday, January 5, 2016, a jury returned a guilty verdict in the matter of State of West Virginia vs. Tyrone Davis. The jury only deliberated for a short period of time before returning the verdict.
Davis of Williamson, West Virginia, was convicted of conspiracy to possess a schedule II controlled substance with intent to deliver. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Justin J. Marcum represented the State of West Virginia. Davis’ arrest and conviction stems from an extensive joint investigation conducted by federal investigators and members of the West Virginia Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Davis is the second individual to be convicted as a result of this investigation.
His co-conspirator, Calvin Wilder, previously pled guilty in the drug case.
Charges remain pending against a third individual alleged to have been involved in the conspiracy.
“This case stems from a long investigation. It was brought to our office by United States Postal Inspector J. Mehall and members of the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The entire case revolved around drugs being mailed into Williamson from a fictitious name and fictitious address in Arizona,” said Marcum. “Calvin Wilder was the ring leader in this case and Tyrone was what I call, his assistant. Wilder previously plead guilty in his case. Davis elected to go to trial and the State was very prepared for the case.”
“We will not tolerate drugs in our community and it is a pleasure of mine to fight the war on drugs. The battles do not end with this verdict. We are committed to utilizing all the resources necessary to end this horrible epidemic. I look forward to continually working with members of the 119 Task Force, Sheriff James Smith and the Sheriff’s Department, and all of the federal and state officers who are continually working to rid our area of drugs,” Marcum added.
“I commend the federal and state officers involved in this case. They were very prepared and presented me the case. When I got the case from them it was signed, sealed, and delivered. I also commend Prosecutor Teresa Maynard for her indictment and help in this case. She is committed to stopping the drug crime in our area. This conviction shows Teresa’s dedication to ridding Mingo County of drugs,” Marcum concluded.
The drugs valued that were shipped here via the U.S. Mail had a street value of over $17,000.
Davis was remanded to the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden, W.Va. to await sentencing on January 19. Davis is exposed to a sentence of one (1) to five (5) years in the custody of a state correctional facility; however, Prosecuting Attorney Maynard anticipates the filing of an Information alleging that Davis should be treated as a habitual offender due to prior felony convictions.
If successful, Davis’ faces an enhanced sentence, which could result in life imprisonment.
Witnesses during the trial included officers from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation with the West Virginia State Police and an inspector with the U.S. Postal Service.
Williamson attorney Jonathan “Duke” Jewell, who was court appointed, represented Davis during the trial.
Prosecuting Attorney Teresa Maynard thanked the petit jurors for their time and service, noting she anticipates January to be an extremely busy month for the justice systems as the current term comes to an end. The Honorable Miki Thompson, Mingo County Circuit Judge, presided over the trial.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)