WILLIAMSON — Two defendants entered guilty pleas in Mingo County Circuit Court before the Honorable Judge Michael Thornsbury on Wednesday to drug related crimes. Both men were indicted and arrested as part of the Operation Zero Tolerance drug investigations that was headed up by Eugene Crum, the late Sheriff of Mingo County that was shot and killed on April 3rd while on duty.
Donah Howard Arnold pleaded guilty to delivery of a Schedule II controlled Substance (Oxycodone) as charged in Indictment J13-F11. Arnold is exposed to a sentence of confinement in a state correctional facility for an indefinite term of not less than 1 year nor more than 15 years. In addition, Arnold is required by the plea agreement to forfeit 2 motor vehicles and $310.00 in United States currency to the State of West Virginia. He was remanded to Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden to await sentencing. The defendant was represented by Attorney Stacey Kohari. Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) Corporal N. Mines and MCSD Deputy E. L. Sherrill were the investigating officers.
Emery Marcum pleaded guilty to one count of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance [Oxycodone] as charged in Indictment J13-F40. Marcum faces a prison sentence of not less than 1 year nor more than 15 years for this crime. The defendant was granted post-conviction until sentencing. Marcum was represented in this case by Attorney C. Christopher Younger. MCSD Drug Task Force Commander C. D. Rockel and MCSD Deputy E. L. Sherrill were the investigating officers.
Arnold and Marcum will be sentenced on June 3rd at 9:00 a.m.in Circuit Court.
Operation Zero Tolerance has thus far, resulted in 50 felony drug case convictions and approximately $75,000.00 in cash and property forfeitures.