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An investigation involving undercover officers has netted a pair of suspected drug dealers in Fayette County.  Teamwork between several West Virginia law enforcement agencies helped to make the arrests.

Sheriff Steve Kessler said that on Friday, March 29, the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force went undercover to buy prescription pills from a man who was suspected of selling the drugs in the Anstead area.  That lead to a search warrant at a home where $3,000  in cash was found along with some Roxycodone pills.

Investigators arrested James Dale Pack, II, 36, of Anstead and Marion Richard Cheney, II, 29 of Palm Bay, Fl.  Criminal complaints against Pack that were filed in magistrate court said the had allegedly sold "numerous amounts of pills on numerous occasions."  Cheney is believed to have supplied the pills to Pack according to a release from the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

"We are continuing in our efforts to fight the ever-growing problem of prescription pill addiction and drug trafficking in Fayette County," said Sheriff Kessler. "Grant funding made available to us through the State of West Virginia has aided in these efforts."

Pack is charged with 2 counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony. Meanwhile Cheney faces charges of Conspiracy to Commit a Felony and Transportation of Controlled Substances into the State of West Virginia. Both men were taken to the Southern Regional Jail where they are being held. 

"Our biggest asset to these investigations ... is the information that we receive from the public," added Kessler. "This information greatly aids us in targeting drug dealers in our communities. If you've got a drug problem in your neighborhood, don't just complain about it to your friends and neighbors- share the information with us so that we can open an investigation and help solve this growing problem."

There are a variety of ways that people can report crimes to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.  Many of those allow the person leaving the tip to remain antonymous.  Anyone with any information concerning drug trafficking offenses in Fayette County can call the Fayette County Sheriff's Office at (304) 574-4305, or Crime Stoppers at (304) 255-7867. You can also send in a tip through either the Crime Tips section of the Sheriff's Office web site, http://fayettesheriffwv.net/ or through Department Facebook page, "Fayette County Sheriff's Department."

This incident from Friday is still under investigation by the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force. Officers from the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force, the Oak Hill Detachment of the West Virginia State Police and the Fayette County Sheriff's Office participated in the investigation.