Jessica Gannon, Felicia Pennington and Albert Childress were all arrested by the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department after they mistakenly called the mobile phone number of a Sheriffs’ Department employee to make arrangements for the sale of drugs.
According to Sgt. Joe Smith, an employee with the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department received a call on her cell phone from a male individual asking for someone else. The male then gave the telephone to a female who said that her name was Felicia, and asked the Sheriff’s Department employee if she needed anything.
The employee contacted Sgt. Joe Smith and advised him of the phone call. Sgt. Joe Smith then contacted another Sheriff’s Deputy and requested that he call the number back. That deputy then called the number and spoke to a female by the name of Jessica and set up a buy at Buffalo Mountain to purchase $100 in cocaine. The female named Jessica advised police they would be driving a blue Jeep Cherokee
In approximately 10 minutes, Delbarton Police Chief Daniel Sloan and Sgt. Joe Smith went to Buffalo Mountain to the Hatfield-McCoy Trailhead in a red Dodge Dakota and waited for the blue Jeep. Approximately five minutes later a blue Jeep pulled into the Trailhead, occupied by three people, with a female driving. Once the Jeep came to a stop. Chief Sloan and Sgt. Joe Smith exited the vehicle and identified themselves as police.
They commanded the female to stop the vehicle, but the female gave the Jeep gas and almost struck Sgt. Joe Smith in an attempt to run over him. The officer jumped out of her way and disabled the Jeep by shooting the front left tire.
The female driver then headed straight at Chief James Smith and Sgt. James Muncy sitting at the end of the road in a marked Sheriff Department Durango. The female driver barely missed the cruiser and struck a fence at the Hatfield-McCoy Trailhead. The female drove approximately 500 yards on two flat tires before she stopped.
During the collection of statements all three of the suspects allegedly admitted to making arrangements with an individual to meet at the Trailhead. Childress and Pennington also allegedly admitted to police that they had used Cocaine.
Police located a plastic wrapper in the Jeep that tested positive for Cocaine.
The Sheriff’s Department recovered $381 in U.S. currency taken from Childress and an empty Marlboro box and plastic wrapper founding the passenger floorboard.
The three were arraigned in Mingo County Magistrate Court and then taken to Southwestern Regional Jail.