Tazewell County business owner sentenced on drug charges - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Tazewell County business owner sentenced on drug charges

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:13:55 GMT
    Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
  • Environmentalists talk about Mountain Top Removal as Coal Miners Protest in Pittsburgh

    Environmentalists talk about Mountain Top Removal as Coal Miners Protest in Pittsburgh

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:40:04 GMT
    As hundreds of coal miners protest in Pittsburgh over the hearing on E-P-A regulations, 59News talks to an Environmental group to get both sides of the controversy."Coal River Mountain Watch" is a non-profit organization organization, out of Whitesville, Raleigh County.The organizations mission is to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountain top removal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area and to help rebuild sustainable communities.Mike Roselle a membe...
    As hundreds of coal miners protest in Pittsburgh over the hearing on E-P-A regulations, 59News talks to an Environmental group to get both sides of the controversy."Coal River Mountain Watch" is a non-profit organization organization, out of Whitesville, Raleigh County.The organizations mission is to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountain top removal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area and to help rebuild sustainable communities.Mike Roselle a membe...
  • Suspect in custody in connection with Montcalm shooting

    Suspect in custody in connection with Montcalm shooting

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:48:29 GMT
    Deputies are on the scene of a shooting that happened at around 9:46 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014.  The incident happened in the Methodist Hill area of Montcalm in Mercer County.
    Deputies are on the scene of a shooting that happened at around 9:46 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014.  The incident happened in the Methodist Hill area of Montcalm in Mercer County.

A case involving a Tazewell business owner accused of selling drugs came to a close at the end of August. 

Sep Zu Ha, who is also known as Joseph, was sentenced to 96 years and 72 months in prison on Aug. 29.  Ha will serve only 11 years of that sentence.  The rest was suspended by Judge Jack S. Hurley. Ha also agreed to give up items that were taken from his home and business when he was arrested on Dec. 11, 2012.

(Read the original story of Sep Zu Ha's arrest here)

Ha pleaded guilty to a laundry list of charges.  Those included, but aren't limited to, two counts of Distributing Cocaine, one count of Distributing Alprazolam, one count of Felony Distribution of Marijuana, six counts of Misdemeanor Distribution of Marijuana and five counts of Distributing a Controlled Substance on Public or School Property.

Ha went to several states to get drugs including Cocaine and Marijuana that he later sold in the Tazewell area at or near his business.  He also sold an UZI to an undercover informant.

"We are very pleased at the sentence the defendant received and hope that it serves as a warning to other drug dealers in Tazewell County to get out of the business," said Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt.

The case was investigated by the Tazewell County Narcotics Task Force, Virginia State Police, Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, Tazewell Police Department, Richlands Police Department, Bluefield Police Department and the Cedar Bluff Police Department.