21 people arrested in connection with 84 drug-related indictments, Martinsville Police say

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — More than 20 people from across Southside Virginia were arrested on Thursday after a grand jury met in Martinsville and issued dozens of drug-related indictments earlier this week.

According to the Martinsville Police Department, the grand jury met and handed down 123 indictments on 27 people for crimes related to illegal drugs on Monday, July 26. However, the Martinsville Circuit Court sealed those indictments until the individuals could be arrested.

Then, on Thursday, July 29, officials say members of the Martinsville Police Department, the Martinsville Sheriff’s Office, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service set out to make arrests on the narcotics warrants, with some assistance from the Martinsville Henry County 911 Center.

As of Thursday, authorities say 84 those indictments have been served on 21 people, but the indictments against the remaining six people remain sealed. The 21 people who were arrested are listed below:

  • Earl Antonio Akridge of Martinsville: Possession of a firearm while in possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of oxycodone, and possession of alprazolam
  • Megan Elizabeth Arrington of Martinsville: Sale of buprenorphine (four counts)
  • Antonio Demarquee Belcher of Martinsville: Sale of cocaine (three counts)
  • Amanda Ann Bryan of Martinsville: Sale of more than 10 grams of methamphetamine (two counts), sale of heroin, and possession of a firearm while in possession of a Schedule II drug
  • Derrick Wilson Bryant of Collinsville: Sale of hydrocodone, sale of oxycodone (two counts), and sale of buprenorphine
  • Phillip Daniel Casse of Martinsville: Sale of fentanyl (second offense) (three counts) and conspiracy to sell fentanyl (two counts)
  • Joseph Andrew Eggleston of Martinsville: Sale of methamphetamine (third or subsequent offense) (three counts) and sale of cocaine (third or subsequent offense)
  • Shaquile Adresse Finney of Fieldale: Sale of oxycodone and sale of hydrocodone
  • Michael Wendell Hairston of Ridgeway: Sale of cocaine (third or subsequent offense) (five counts), conspiracy to sell cocaine (third offense), possession of cocaine with intent to distribute (third or subsequent offense), possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute (third or subsequent offense), and possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute (third or subsequent offense)
  • Carlo Lemor Holiday of Martinsville: Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, and possession of less than five pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute
  • Marcus Markey Kent of Martinsville: Sale of cocaine (second offense) (two counts)
  • Tony Randall Looney of Martinsville: Sale of heroin (two counts) and sale of methamphetamine
  • Chavis Devon Martin of Martinsville: Sale of cocaine (third or subsequent offense) (three counts)
  • Mark Alexander Martin of Fieldale: Sale of cocaine (seconds offense) (three counts)
  • Jerry Wayne Nester Jr. of Patrick Springs: Sale of methamphetamine (four counts)
  • Crystal Dawn Sink of Martinsville: Sale of methamphetamine (four counts)
  • Cheryll Ann Sowers of Martinsville: Sale of methamphetamine and sale of heroin (four counts)
  • Gregorio Corona Valderrama: Sale of cocaine and sale of more than 10 grams of methamphetamine (two counts)
  • Demarcus Orlando Walker of Martinsville: Sale of cocaine (third or subsequent offense) (six counts)
  • Elijah Moore Walker of Martinsville: Sale of cocaine (third or subsequent offense) and conspiracy to sell cocaine
  • Akeem Rashawn Watkins of Martinsville: Sale of cocaine (four counts)

“These indictments were a result of the Martinsville Police Department’s continuing effort to fight the distribution of illegal drugs and the harm they do,” the Martinsville Police Department said in a statement on Thursday. “Chief Cassady wanted to thank our community for their support of the Department’s efforts in showing that the Citizens of Martinsville will not tolerate the distribution or use of illegal drugs in the City of Martinsville. We would also like to recognize the hard work of the Martinsville Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office during this process.”

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