Task force arrests 11 individuals in Beckley drug bust

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – On Friday morning, a multi-agency task force carried out five search warrants and arrested eleven people on Circleview Drive in Beckley.

The Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force made up of Beckley City Police, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police and the FBI have been investigating multiple homes in close proximity on Circleview for months.

When they carried out the warrants, officers seized money, heroin, and meth and arrested the people on charges of delivery of controlled substance, conspiracy to commit a felony and others.  

“You go in, you hit it hard and you get the job done and that’s what they do,” Sheriff Scott Van Meter said. “As we have said before, you have to work together. Sheriff’s department can’t work by themselves. City police, you know, none of us can work by ourselves, and they do an outstanding job.”

At this time, the task force is not releasing the amount of drugs or money seized nor the list of individuals. Most of those arrested are from the local area but five were from Detroit, Michigan.

“We’re not looking for those low-level dealers,” Beckley Police Chief Lonnie Christian said. “We’re not looking for the users. We’re looking for the people who are bringing major product into the state that’s making major chaos and a lot of problems within our state and with our residents.” 

There are still five outstanding warrants in the roundup.

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Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.