Wanted man arrested in Wythe County with $4,200 worth of drugs in his possession, authorities say

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — On Friday, Wythe County authorities discovered more than $4,000 worth of drugs while arresting a man already wanted out of Pulaski County for drug distribution.

According to the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office, several deputies were patrolling the Speedwell area and looking for a wanted person on Friday, Oct. 16, which ended up leading them to 6618 Grayson Turnpike.

The sheriff’s office says several people ran from the deputies while they were at the residence, but the deputies managed to find the three men hiding in a field behind the residence.

Authorities identified 43-year-old James Walter Bailey II, who had recently moved into the Speedwell residence and was wanted in Pulaski County for distribution of methamphetamine and a probation violation.

The deputies reportedly arrested Bailey and searched him, which led the deputies to discover more than $500 in cash and 42 grams of methamphetamine in his possession. The sheriff’s office says the narcotics had a street value of $4,200.

Even though the other men were released since they did not have any drugs in their possession or warrants against them, authorities say Bailey faces the following charges:

  • Drug distribution (warrant from Pulaski County)
  • Probation violation
  • Possession of Methamphetamine with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more

The New River Regional Jail says Bailey is being held without bond.

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