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A total of 47 Smyth County residents were arrested by Tuesday afternoon on more than 100 drug-related charges following a June grand jury meeting.

Smyth County Sheriff Chip Shuler said the indictments came after several months of undercover operations by the sheriff’s office, Virginia State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

He expects additional charges to stem from the arrests. By Tuesday evening, police had already served at least one additional search warrant at a residence in Marion, Shuler said.

Those arrested during the roundup include:

Joshua Baker, of Atkins;

Aaron Billings, of Chilhowie;

Sean Cody Blake, of Saltville;

Jeffrey Charles, of Marion;

Sandy Combs, of Marion;

Ashley Davis, of Chilhowie;

Michael Delp, of Saltville;

Derek Eller, of Marion;

Tiffani Escobar, of Marion;

Nicolas Evans, of Chilhowie;

Wiley Farris, of Marion;

Michael Ferly, of Saltville;

Robert Frye, of Saltville;

TG Gillespie, of Saltville;

Kenneth Harris, of Saltville;

Angela Henderson, of Marion;

Cody Henderson, of Saltville;

Tommy Jon Hess, of Saltville;

Mickey Holman, of Marion;

Kevin Jennings, of Marion;

Anthony Johnson, unknown address;

Glenn Kidd, of Marion;

Tonya Kidd, of Marion;

Rohnoa McDonald, of Marion;

Anthony Scott Myers, of Marion;

Wendell Pennington Jr., unknown address;

Heather Perkins, of Marion;

Richard Perkins, of Saltville;

Heather Puckett, of Rural Retreat;

Cansada Pierce, of Marion;

Matthew Reid, of Chilhowie;

BJ Smith, of Saltville;

Michael Steiner, of out of state;

Garland “Eddie” Stevens, of Meadowview;

John Henderson Thomas Jr., of Marion;

Coty Allen Thomas, of Marion;

Shane Tuell, of Chilhowie; and

Christian Williamson, of Memphis, Tennessee.

Shuler said this list excludes those who are currently incarcerated on other charges.

He offered his thanks to tipsters.

“I want to thank the citizens of Smyth County for all the calls and letters regarding suspicious activities; also for their patience as these investigations take time and resources.”

The News & Messenger will have an updated list of charges as that information comes available.

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