Drugs

A half a dozen Smyth County residents are facing drug charges either as part of, or as a result of, an ongoing undercover operation conducted by the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Smyth County Sheriff Chip Shuler said the investigations were a joint effort between his narcotics investigators and the patrol units. He said the six individuals were found to be in possession of fairly large quantities of drugs and cash and that some vehicles were even seized.

Those arrested include:

  • Jonathan Dwayne Delp, 35, of Marion, was arrested on June 10 after deputies responded to a call about suspicious activity. A positive K9 alert resulted in a search of a vehicle that uncovered about an ounce of methamphetamine, the release said. Delp admitted to police to having transported multiple ounces of the drug into the Virginia and his vehicle was seized by the sheriff’s office. Delp is charged with drug possession with intent to distribute and transporting an ounce or more of the drug into the Commonwealth for distribution. He is being held without bond at the regional jail in Abingdon.
  • Dale Eugene Atwell Jr., of Marion, was arrested on June 11 after a search warrant was executed at his North Chestnut Street home. Methamphetamine and a firearm were recovered from the residence, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. Atwell is charged with drug possession, possession of a firearm while in possession of drugs and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held without bond at the regional jail in Abingdon.
  • Teresa Gail Bickley, 54, of Marion, was arrested on May 19 following a traffic stop. A search uncovered a little more than a pound of methamphetamine, marijuana, various tablets, distribution material, paraphernalia and $4003 in cash. Officers then conducted a search warrant on a residence Bickley shared with another woman. That search uncovered two ounces of methamphetamine and $1,200 in cash. Bickley is charged with drug possession with intent to distribute, transporting an ounce or more drugs into the Commonwealth for distribution and possession of marijuana. She is being held without bond at the regional jail in Abingdon. Evidence is being sent to the forensic state lab and further charges are pending on both Bickley and her roommate. Marion narcotics K9 Cooper assisted in the investigation.    
  • Brandon Lee Cook, 31, of Chilhowie, was arrested on June 6 following a traffic stop. A search of the vehicle revealed 340 grams (approximately 12 ounces) of methamphetamine and $10,990 in cash. Cook’s vehicle was seized by the sheriff’s office and he was charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute, transporting an ounce or more of the drug into the Commonwealth for distribution and driving on a suspended license. Cook is being held without bond at the regional jail in Abingdon.
  • Kenneth Wayne Blizzard, 26, of Atkins, was arrested on June 9 after a deputy made a traffic stop. A search of the vehicle was made after a positive alert from a narcotics K9. The search produced about 10 ounces of marijuana, seven grams of methamphetamine, suboxone and $1,114 in cash. Blizzard is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, two counts drug possession, one count drug paraphernalia possession and driving on a suspended or revoked license. An unnamed female from Chilhowie was also in the vehicle and further charges are pending. Blizzard is being held without bond at the regional jail in Abingdon.
  • Robert Lee Goddard Jr., 49, of Marion, was arrested on May 28 following a traffic stop. A search of the vehicle revealed about 21 grams of methamphetamine and $4,846 in cash. Goddard is charged with drug possession with intent to distribute. He was issued a secured bond and transported to the regional jail in Abingdon.

Shuler said the community can expect to see more arrests being made in connection with these investigations.

“These arrests will make a significant difference on the drug flow into Smyth County; more to come,” he said in an email.

As a note, he also said “I must brag on our K9s, they work really hard and have been worth their weight in gold.”

Information reported to the sheriff’s office by citizens also contributed to the arrests, he said.

A Smyth County judge will consider the charges against those arrested. If the judge finds sufficient evidence, the charges will be certified to a grand jury for consideration.

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