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UPDATE: Prescription drug ring busted

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Harry Allen West
Five Clay County residents were arrested Monday after an extended investigation into prescription drug dealing by the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, the investigation began in October 2009. During the investigation, detectives were able to make controlled purchases of prescription medications from individuals living at an undisclosed residence in the area east of Clay City, near the intersection of State Road 246 and County Road 200 East.

Suspects taken into custody during Monday's arrest warrant sweep and their preliminary charges include:

Heather (Bewely) West
* Harry Allen West, 59, on one count each of class B felony Dealing a Schedule II Controlled Substance and class D felony Maintaining a Common Nuisance,

* Heather (Bewely) West, 32, on two counts of class B felony Dealing a Schedule II Controlled Substance,

* Shawn West, 34, on one count of class B felony Dealing a Schedule II Controlled Substance,

Shawn West
* Barbra Wilson, 37, on class B felony Dealing a Schedule II Controlled Substance and class D felony Maintaining a Common Nuisance a class D felony, and

* William Sims, 46, on two counts of class B felony Dealing a Schedule III Controlled Substance, two counts class C felony Dealing a Schedule IV Controlled Substance and class D felony Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

Officials at the Clay County Justice Center confirmed to The Brazil Times all five suspects remain incarcerated on $25,000 cash bonds (with no 10 percent allowed) to await formal court proceedings in the matter.

Barbra Wilson
"The sale of prescription drugs is a growing problem," Heaton said. "We receive more and more reports of people in the community dealing their prescription medication."

Heaton said misuse of prescription medications is a serious matter.

"If the medications get into hands of the wrong people it can cause life changing events. We have had multiple deaths, some involving young people, in the past few years from the abuse of prescription medication."

William Sims
Heaton said the department is trying to get a better grasp on the sales and abuse of not only prescription medication, but also illegal drugs.

"If anyone has information about illegal drug activity, please call the Clay County Sheriff's Department," Heaton said.

To report information about this case, or any other, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department a 446-2535.

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I went to school with Allen West. THANKS Allen. You make me feel and look young!

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 9:46 PM

What a great looking group.

-- Posted by BWare on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 11:34 PM

LOL! What a bunch of goons! Looks like it was a candid photo shoot.....

-- Posted by always skeptical on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 11:42 PM

Wow Heather ... Way to go, bet your kids are real proud of you!!!!! You should've grown up a long time ago!!!!

-- Posted by Meadow31 on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 12:36 AM

You know I can get past the fact that its people like this that are on the welfare system, sucking on the tit of society. I can even look past the fact that some have 5 kids they cant afford, and they let them run the streets like a bunch of heathens causing trouble. But what I can not overlook is that they are not only mooching off normal people, but their selfish actions keep us normal people from being able to go into krogers at midnight with a sinus infection and buying sudafed so we can get to sleep before a long day of work the next day. I also cant look past the fact that when I fractured my hip, the doctor prescribed me motrin which did nothing after the surgery because he said they are cutting back on the narcotic pain medication distribution. And they are cutting it back because of people like this. Screw putting them in jail. In a spartan society they would have been banished from the community or discarded into a pit, i say let them rot.

-- Posted by zandelar123 on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 1:29 AM

I vote for the concept of the movie "Escape From New York." Make a big prison with big walls, leave all this scum in there, drop them off some food a few times a week, and let them battle it out inside the walls. They won't bother us, and everybody wins.

-- Posted by Bruther on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 6:19 AM

Very well said, Zandelar123. Same here with not even being able to get codeine cough syrup when I need it, because of those who abuse/illegally sell prescription drugs.

And you DO need to get your sleep, so you can get up and go to work to feed the moochers. The same moochers who stand outside the food pantry texting on expensive cell phones and smoking. (Though finally the pantry banned the smoking while in line...even they knew how bad that looked.)

I think Bruther has a good idea. In fact, let's give them Detroit.

-- Posted by CountryandCityMouse on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 1:45 PM

The first thing I noticed when reading this article was the pictures of these people. The Brazil Times should have some type of caption contest for these pictures. However, in all seriousness that girl seems to think this is all a joke. GROW UP!

-- Posted by Reader11 on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 1:57 PM

Someone didn't proof read nor edit. According to the head line and first paragraph, the dealing was done by the Clay County Sheriff's Department. Come on, folks. Straighten out your sentence structure.

-- Posted by wands on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 2:32 PM

Congratulations Clay County if they were giving out awards you would win hands down. This is got to go down in history as the dumbest, ugliest, dilapidated bunch of looking people ever arrested.

I thought Putnam County was bad!

-- Posted by alot/of/crap on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 3:20 PM

I am so glad they finally nabbed this group. It has been common knowledge in and around Clay City that they were up to no good! Way to go Clay City Police and CCSD! On a side note....Barbara, it's time to straighten up! Think about what you are doing to your children for crying out loud! You already lost custody of them, do you want to lose the time you get to spend with them too??? It's time to GROW UP!

-- Posted by bikerlady on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 10:06 AM

Believe it or not, not everyone in this family does bad things. They have children who don't deserve to have to read people putting their parents down. Yes, we all know what they did was wrong. But should their children have to suffer for their bad choices?! Has anyone thought of their childrens' feelings? These children will have to suffer in more ways than one for this. Just think of them before you post next time.

Oh and Zandelar, you have no idea who their kids are so you have no idea what they do. Don't make assumptions just because they are this way, that their children are this way. Just because they have made these bad choices, doesn't mean you can put down their kids like that.

-- Posted by devma2008 on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 7:37 PM

Looks like this families gene pool has no life gaurd............

-- Posted by Silverlining on Fri, May 13, 2011, at 11:00 AM

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