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13 arrested in Wayne County, WV drug sting; 5 still wanted

A special crimes unit arrested a Twin Falls County man on child exploitation charges on Monday(Source: MGN)
A special crimes unit arrested a Twin Falls County man on child exploitation charges on Monday(Source: MGN)(KMVT)
Published: Nov. 15, 2019 at 6:00 AM EST
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A drug sting Thursday ended with 13 people under arrest in Wayne County, and five who are still wanted, Sheriff Rick Thompson said in a news release.

Heroin, meth and firearms were among the items seized from the home of suspect William Allen, who was arrested at the scene.

Mary Pertee of Fort Gay and Joseph Melbar of Wayne turned themselves in on the felony indictments.

The following suspects, all from the Wayne and East Lynn areas, were arrested on felony drug charges:

Lori Mayhon

Thomas Bryant

Mark 'Brandon' Maynard

David Adkins

Derek Perry

William Kelly

Donna Followay

Keith Pauley and Christopher Mills (both were already in custody at the Western Regional Jail)

Ronnie Frye II (arrested in Ohio)

James Lester (arrested for a first-degree sexual assault bench warrant from Circuit Court)

Meanwhile, the following suspects are still wanted and have warrants for their arrest:

Jason Thompson of Ashland, Kentucky

Amanda Bessing of Wayne, West Virginia

Shane McCoy of Wayne, West Virginia

Cody Johnson of Fort Gay, West Virginia

Cory Maynard of Fort Gay, West Virginia

The sheriff said the operation was led by the Violent Crime and Drug Task Force West, made up of members from the Wayne County Sheriff's Department, Putnam County Sheriff's Department, WV State Police, and DEA. The Wayne County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit also assisted in some cases.

The U.S. Marshals Cuffed Task Force, State Police, and Wayne County Sheriff's Department assisted in the arrests. Sheriff Thompson referred to the arrests as part of a “lengthy investigation.”

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