On Sunday, February 21, 2016, a pickup truck driven by Randy Dustin (37 years old of Poca, WV) was stopped by a Kanawha County Deputy Sheriff. A canine was called to the traffic stop and indicated narcotics were present inside the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and the following items were found: 56 grams of suspected methamphetamine (street value $11,200.00), 2 grams of suspected marijuana, and two glass smoking pipes. Mr. Dustin had on his person at the time of the stop; two semi-auto pistols, $1,993.00 cash, and a cellular telephone. Mr. Dustin had a concealed weapons permit at that time. He was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver controlled substances.
On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Deputies with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at an address on Timothy Way in Charleston, WV, following several undercover purchases of heroin. A resident, Sandy Guthrie (48 years old of Charleston, WV) was charged with possession with intent to deliver controlled substances. During the search she was arrested. Inside the home detectives found 46 Oxycodone pills (street value $920.00) she attempted to destroy in the kitchen garbage disposal. They also located $765.00 related to drug sales and 5.7 grams of marijuana.
These arrests are just two recent examples of the work Deputy Sheriffs do every day to remove illegal drugs from Kanawha County. Most of that kind of work stays hidden as one dealer leads to another. The details of those cases are sometimes sealed to protect witnesses, or just kept quiet to help the investigators. But every day Deputies are working a cases from all kinds of angles, removing guns and drugs from drug dealers, and helping keep our community safe.
The charges against Mr. Dustin and Ms. Guthrie are merely accusations. Each is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.