TAYLOR COUNTY—After investigating a home in Green Tree Village in the Boothsville area, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department conducted a drug bust on Sunday, resulting in the arrest of two individuals.
Michael Lyle Whitehair, 47, and Teresa Marie Jones, 35, both of Green Tree Drive, were arrested on various charges following the incident.
Whitehair is being charged with felonious possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver—heroin, as well as conspiracy to deliver heroin. In addition to a conspiracy to deliver heroin charge, Jones was also charged with child neglect.
“We had been watching the residence for quite some time but had to make sure that we chose the right time to make our move,” said Sheriff Terry Austin. “We had received numerous complaints from neighbors who stated that traffic would come to and from the house at all hours of the day and night.”
According to the criminal complaint filed by Deputy Dylan Johnson, the department obtained a search warrant for illegal drug distribution at the home on June 5. Then on Sunday, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Deputy Johnson, along with Sheriff Austin, Chief Deputy Randy Durrett, Chief Deputy Maranda Kyer and Deputies Ed Delgado and Zane Dobbins descended on the property.
With the residence surrounded, Austin ordered the defendants to open the door, and when they failed to do so, he gave warning, counted to ten and then forcefully gained access to the home.
Upon entering the home, it was cleared, and the officers learned it was unoccupied at the time. While carrying out the search, Whitehair and Jones returned to the residence.
Austin and Delgado had the defendants exit the vehicle and noted that there was a juvenile in the car with them. At the request of the officers, Whitehair and Jones allowed the search of the vehicle.
The juvenile in the car was the biological child of Jones, who had previously had her parental rights terminated and was to have no contact with the youth.
While speaking with Whitehair, Austin learned that there was heroin located in a safe in a back room of the residence. The officer later obtained a search warrant for the safe and was able to recover not only drugs but currency, as well.
“In total, we seized $4,841 in cash, heroin, methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia and two guns, one of which had been previously reported as stolen,” Austin revealed.
According to the complaint, Whitehair admitted that he would receive the heroin, hold it until he received a call and then he would deliver it to its desired recipient. He further revealed that he does not have a valid driver’s license, and that he does not drive.
Johnson’s report says that it was believed that Jones would drive Whitehair when he needed to make a delivery, thus involving her in the alleged conspiracy to commit the crime.
Additionally, through the course of the investigation, Johnson learned that on June 2, a male subject overdosed shortly after leaving the residence of Whitehair and Jones. It was revealed that Jones’s child, as well as another juvenile, were present at the residence.
Both Whitehair and Jones were taken into custody, processed and were transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail. Whitehair is currently being held on a $25,000 cash or surety bond amount, while Jones is being held on a $28,000 bond.
“It seems as if heroin use is on the rise in the area, and we will continue to work to help address the issue,” voiced Austin.