EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSClay County Man Accused Of Dealing Pills Arrested
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Web Producer: Kera Mashek
Reported: Jul. 2, 2013 10:54 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 3, 2013 9:16 AM EDT
Clay , Clay County , West Virginia
A Clay County man faces drug charges as the result of a seven-month investigation into what police describe as a ring of drug dealers selling pills.
Ballas "Tom" Beasley, 68, lives right next door to Richard Kohler, who was shot and killed by a state trooper last week. When that bust went down, state police knew they'd be back in the area soon, as their investigation on Tom Beasley was coming together. Eyewitness News cameras were rolling as Beasley's alleged pill dealing days came to an end.
It's been less than a week since West Virginia State Police faced tense moments near a set of mobile homes in Clay County. They came to the area Wednesday to arrest 66-year-old Richard Kohler, after an investigation into Kohler's alleged pill dealing trade, but ended up shooting him after officers say he threatened them with a gun.
Tuesday night, police returned to the neighborhood to pick up 68-year-old Tom Beasley.
Eyewitness News asked Beasley, "Do you want to explain why you were dealing pills out of your home?"
"Well that was a long story. I didn't really do that. I just had a few people come in wanting one or two something off of me all the time. That's about it," said Beasley.
Police say in reality, Beasley sold an informant pills, and some customers would go to great lengths to buy illegal prescriptions.
"Most of these guys are going out and stealing whatever they need to steal to get the pills, and a lot of the dealers up here ahve been taking the stolen good for the pills and that's becoming a problem," said West Virginia State Police Trooper Brian Young.
But police say Beasley's arrest is a reminder: if you're selling pills, they will find you to get dangerous drugs off the streets.
"You're going to get caught. You might get away with it once. You might get away with it twice. The third time might be it. You never know," Young said.
Beasley now faces multiple counts of possession with the intent to deliver.
We're also told Beasley's son was recently arrested. He, too, is accused of dealing drugs. Both men now sit in jail, awaiting their day in court.
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