An ongoing investigation into the illegal sale of prescription drugs in McDowell County leads to the arrest of a number of people in the Welch area on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015.  Deputies and officers with the Southern Drug and Violent Crime Task Force held a drug warrant round up.  Many of the arrests happened at the Elkhorn Towers in Welch.

Here is a list of the offenders:

OffenderCrimeBond
Cecil Dale Ellis of WelchDelivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance – 1 count$50,000
Justin Grant Kidwell of CoalwoodDelivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance – 1 count$25,000
Terry Lee Blankenship, Jr. of WelchDelivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance – 3 counts
Delivery of a Schedule III Controlled Substance – 1 count
$90,000
Ricky Joe Justice of WelchDelivery of a Schedule III Controlled Substance – 3 counts$45,000
Corey Dustin Williams of WelchDelivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance – 3 counts$75,000
David Lynn Fitzpatrick of RoderfieldDelivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance – 1 count$30,000
Matthew Edward Fruia of Big SandyDelivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance – 3 counts$75,000
Darrell Maurice McDaniels of WelchDelivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance – 1 count$30,000
Donna Gail Clendenin of WarDelivery of a Schedule III Controlled Substance -3 counts$45,000

All of the suspects were arraigned in front of McDowell County Magistrate Richard Vandyke.  Most are being held in the McDowell County holding unit until they can be taken to the Southwestern Regional Jail.  Justin Kidwell was the only person to be released on bond.