Drug-trafficking charges send W.Va. man to prison

Published 12:00 pm Thursday, October 25, 2012

A West Virginia man will spend the next five years in prison for trafficking cocaine.

Hollie Davis, 43, of 5866 Davis Creek Road, Barboursville, pleaded guilty Oct. 17 in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court to first-degree trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine.

Davis was one of four people arrested during a traffic stop in Hanging Rock in early April. An officer called for K-9 units after the car’s occupants began to act suspiciously and were unable to answer simple questions to identify themselves.

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A search of the vehicle netted about $2,000 and 44 grams of drugs.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Davis to five years in prison, ordered him to pay a $7,500 fine and suspended his driver’s license for five years. Cash in the amount of $419 that was found on Davis when he was arrested was ordered to be forfeited to the state.

In other cases on Oct. 17:

• Timothy Parsons, 43, of 1142 Raccoon Creek, Branchland, W.Va., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree gross sexual imposition of a 16-year-old juvenile.

Cooper sentenced the man to one year in prison. Parsons must register as a Tier I sex offender for 15 years.

• Bradley Vuker, 31, of 7788 Keavy Road, London, Ky., pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, possession of drugs (oxycodone) and possession of a drug abuse instrument.

Cooper sentenced Vuker to two years in prison and ordered him to pay a $1,250 fine.

On Wednesday, a husband and wife pleaded guilty separately to burglary and attempted complicity to burglary, respectively.

David Whitley, 34, of 46 Township Road 1402, South Point, was sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay his court costs.

Cooper sentenced the man’s wife, Tiffany Whitley, 30, of the same address, to serve four years of community control sanctions and ordered her to complete the STAR Community Justice Center program.

Also on Wednesday, David Ray Jordan, 56, of 187 Spruce Lane, Poca, W.Va., was sentenced for possession of drugs, a charge he previously pleaded guilty to.

Cooper sentenced the man to 180 days in the county jail suspended, 30 days home confinement with GPS monitoring, four years CCS with intensive supervised probation and ordered him to pay a $2,500 fine.

Amy Ferguson, 35, of 9 Leslie Lane, Ona, W.Va., was arraigned on a fourth-degree count of theft of drugs.

Ferguson pleaded not guilty through her attorney Scott Evans.

Cooper continued bond from a lower court and added a $10,000 own-recognizance bond. Cooper set a pretrial Nov. 7.