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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.