WILLIAMSON – Law enforcement officers from three agencies made a huge drug arrest Tuesday night in Williamson.
The U.S. 119 Drug Task Force, the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) arrested Frankie E. Fields, 27, at 510 Pike Street and confiscated a large amount of synthetic marijuana and about four ounces of natural pot during the drug sting.
“This is one of the biggest synthetic marijuana dealers in Mingo County and the Williamson area,” said Mingo County Sheriff James Smith. “Our officers have been working this case for a while.”
“We conducted a search warrant based on previous undercover buys,” stated an officer who works for the Task Force. “We recovered $1,500 in cash.”
Some of that money was marked and had been used when some of the undercover purchases of the illegal drugs were made.
Smith said that just last week there were seven cases of overdoses at local hospitals from the synthetic marijuana that is flooding the streets and hollows of the region.
“If you check with the local ERs (emergency rooms), you can see how many cases they have had in the past few months,” the undercover officer stressed.
“This is very dangerous,” the sheriff said. “It’s good that we got some of it off the street. Last year there were numerous cases of overdoses caused by the synthetic pot.”
The synthetic marijuana is not natural and contains several dangerous chemicals, according to the officers.
The street value of the confiscated drugs was estimated to be around $20,000.
“We are going to continue our crack down on the drug problem,” Sheriff Smith said. “It was good to get some of this product off the street and to make this arrest.”
“I want to commend all of the officers involved in this investigation that led to this arrest and drug bust,” Smith added.
(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)