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‘Armed and dangerous’ suspect turns himself in

BUCKHANNON — The five remaining individuals who were wanted from a drug round-up by the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit last week have all been arrested or turned themselves in.

Timothy Strickland, 39, of Buckhannon, who had been considered armed and dangerous, voluntarily reported after being indicted by the Upshur County Grand Jury Monday for delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a felony; and delivery of a controlled substance, meth, within 1,000 feet of a school, a felony. In September 2018, Strickland allegedly sold meth and in October 2018, Strickland allegedly sold meth within 1,000 feet of a Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School, according to circuit court documents.

Thomas Lowe, 25, who was indicted, also appeared in court Friday. Low allegedly delivered meth within 1,000 feet of Buckhannon Academy Elementary School in June 2018.

Dustin Wayne Landis, 28, of Volga, was also indicted on delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine. Landis allegedly sold meth for $150 in the Walmart parking lot in September 2018.

Two West Virginia Wesleyan College students were arrested as part of the round-up but not indicted by the May term of the grand jury.

Keith Johnson, 20, of Woodstown, New Jersey, and Amna M. Sweilam, 20, of Woodstown, New Jersey and Horner, West Virginia, were arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, marijuana, a felony.

In November 2018, members of the Buckhannon Police Department were notified by West Virginia Wesleyan Security about an odor of what appeared to be marijuana emitting from a room in Holloway Hall, according to the criminal complaint. Security located the room and spoke with Sweilam who allegedly provided security with a bag of marijuana. When Johnson arrived in the room and tried to remove a backpack, security checked the backpack and allegedly located packaged marijuana along with materials used in the packaging and distribution of marijuana, according to the criminal complaint.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $40,000 – $10,000 cash or surety and $30,000 personal recognizance for each.

If convicted, Johnson and Sweilam face imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than five years and/or fined not more than $15,000.

The Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit is comprised of officers from the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, Buckhannon Police Department, Braxton County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

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