Dozens charged in Upshur drug bust

The Inter-Mountain photo by Sarah Goodrich Upshur County Sheriff Dave Coffman, left, leads several individuals, who were charged Wednesday, to a van to be transferred.

BUCKHANNON — Through the efforts of the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit, more than 20 individuals have been charged for alleged drug activity in Upshur County.

On Wednesday afternoon, members of the task force — Buckhannon Police Chief Matt Gregory, Upshur County Sheriff David Coffman and Lewis County Sheriff Adam Gissy — held a press conference announcing the charges filed.

Gregory said Wednesday’s announcement was a collaborative effort of the Mountain Lakes Drug Task Force, which is made up of the Upshur County Sheriff Department, Lewis County Sheriff Department, Braxton County Sheriff Department, West Virginia State Police and the Buckhannon Police Department.

“Today’s efforts were indicative of about three months of work of the officers assigned to this task force,” he said. “And today, approximately 29 people are being charged or have been identified as being charged. A number of them have been picked up on warrants and are being processed as we speak.”

Through the three-month investigation, Gregory said the three-county task force has been able to work with one another to receive information and leads.

“That’s another benefit that we have, not just for the task force that encompasses multiple counties, but the cooperation beyond the task force with each of our respective agencies and all the other agencies in these three counties,” he said. “We have a very great working relationship together, and that has paid dividends in terms of getting a more positive result in these investigations because we do share information if we can with each other. …”

Gissy commended the efforts of the task force.

“This is something that these members of this task force have been working so very hard on, not only in Upshur (County), but in Lewis and Braxton counties,” Gissy said. “I would expect in the very near future something like this to happen in both of those two counties.”

Gregory encouraged community members and neighbors to report illegal activity in neighborhoods, noting the vast majority of crimes are solved because “someone said something.”

“We certainly can’t do it all on our own. We very much need the cooperation of the public. We appreciate the good work and relationships that we do have with neighbors and community members,” he said. “A lot of that information has led to positive results in our investigations. ….”

According to a Wednesday afternoon press release, the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit has charged the following individuals:

George Simmons, charged with delivery of a controlled substance;

Tiffany Day, charged with delivery of a controlled substance;

Andrew Lincicome, charged with violation of home confinement;

Brooke McCutchen, charged with delivery of a controlled substance;

Devan Hinchman, charged with delivery of a controlled substance;

Ian Wooden, charged with delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and possession with intent to deliver;

Taryn Wooden, charged with delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and possession with intent to deliver;

Connor McCauley, charged with delivery of a controlled substance;

Rebecca Glover, charged with possession with intent to deliver;

Henry Henline, charged with delivery of a controlled substance;

Joseph Richards, charged with delivery of a controlled substance;

Loretta Gould, charged with delivery of a controlled substance;

Bobbie Miller, charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance;

James Bailey, charged with possession with intent to deliver;

John Squires, charged with violation of home confinement;

Courtney Carrier, charged with possession of a controlled substance;

Carl Tussey, charged with possession with intent to deliver;

Joseph Wagner, charged with possession with intent to deliver;

Chris Confere, charged with delivery of a controlled substance;

Josh Casada, charged with possession with intent to deliver;

Christina Casada, charged with possession with intent to deliver;

Daisy Hull, charged with possession with intent to deliver and delivery of a controlled substance.

According to the press release, the task force is still looking for the following individuals: Brett Hoover, Harlie Heater, Michael Cryster and Phillip Ward.

Police ask anyone who has information as to their whereabouts to please contact 911.

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