Recent Mingo drug arrests


By Courtney Harrison - [email protected]



WILLIAMSON – Local law enforcement agencies have reported three recent felony drug arrests in the Gilbert and Justice area.

The arrests were announced as part as a warrant sweep recently executed by the US 119 Drug Task Force, the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) and the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office (MSCO).

According to criminal complaints, on Wednesday, November 2, Darrell Steele, 26 from Gilbert, Bobbi Dawn Trent, 45 from Justice, and Jonathan Christian, 28 from Gilbert, were arrested on felony charges related to delivery of a controlled substance.

A criminal complaint states that on July 26, Darrell Steele delivered crack cocaine to a cooperating individual in exchange for $50.

A separate complaint filed on Bobbi Dawn Trent states that she delivered an 8 mg Suboxone strip to a cooperating individual in exchange for $30. Suboxone is a schedule III controlled substance.

Complaints filed on Jonathan Christian state that he delivered Suboxone to a cooperating individual on two occasions in exchange for cash. The complaint states that on September 9, Christian delivered a Suboxone strip to a cooperating individual in exchange for $50. A separate complaint states that on September 15, Christian delivered Suboxone to a cooperating individual in exchange for $40.

According to West Virginia State Code, “It is unlawful for any person to manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Any controlled substance classified in Schedule I, II, or III is guilty of a felony and upon conviction, may be imprisoned in the state correctional facility for not less than one year or more than five years, or fined not more than fifteen thousand dollars, or both.”

Each individual was transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail located in Holden W.Va. and were arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Barry Marcum.

Other arrests were made in the Gilbert and Wharncliffe area as part of the warrant sweep. All arrests were on felony drug charges related to delivery of a controlled substance. These arrests include the following individuals: Leonard Simpson Jr., Mike Toler, Ronald Queen, Rebecca Toler, and Herman Belcher. The criminal complaints and information associated with those individuals were released last week.

Information in this article was obtained by use of criminal complaints which are public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until and if proven guilty.

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By Courtney Harrison

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(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)

(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)

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