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TAZEWELL -

A joint effort from law enforcement agencies in Tazewell Counties leads to an arrest on a 22 count indictment against a business owner.

Sep Zu Ha was arrested on Tuesday, Dec. 11 when search warrants were executed at Ha's business, Star Nails in North Tazewell, and at his home.  Tactical teams were used in the arrest because police said that Ha has a habit of keeping a weapon nearby at all times.

The charges against Ha, who is also known as Jusep Ha and Chingy, include distributing a controlled substance on school or public property, distribution of marijuana and possession of a firearm be a convicted felon (below is a complete list of the charges).  The Tazewell County Narcotics Task Force , Tazewell County Sheriff's Offices, Tazewell Police Department and the Virginia State Police all participated in the arrest.

"This is a cooperative effort and should demonstrate to those that deal in dangerous drugs that we are working hard every day to combat the problem and that we will not rest until those dealers are brought to justice," said Commonwealth's Attorney, Dennis Lee.

The agencies involved have kept Ha under surveillance and have been watching his finances.

"There have been a number of complaints regarding Mr. Ha and his dealing, both in his shop, in and around our schools and in our parks," said Tazewell Police Chief, DeWitt Cooper.

"While Me Ha is in custody, our investigation will continue," added Sheriff Brian Hieatt.  "We are prepared to do whatever is necessary to break up this operation."

Sheriff Hieatt also said the case has a number of twists and turns and there may be other people who will see an officer show up on their doorstep with an indictment.

Ha was arraigned in front of a circuit court judge.  He was previously convicted on non-violent felony charges and is not allowed to own a gun.

 

LIST OF CHARGES:


Possession/Distribution of a Controlled Substance on School or Public Property (7 counts), Distribution of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance (4 counts), Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana > 1⁄2 oz but < 5 lbs (5 counts), Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (1 count), Distribution of Schedule III Controlled Substance (1 count), Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance, Distribution of Marijuana < 1⁄2 oz (3 counts, Misdemeanor).