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NEW INFO: Mingo County Man Sentenced on Federal Drug Charge

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/4/13
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from Mingo County was sentenced Monday to four years and two months in a federal prison for oxycodone possession.

In May 2012, Terry Kevin Steele, 42, of Meador, pleaded guilty to the charge in U.S District Court in Huntington.

On Nov. 17, 2011 Cabell County Sheriff's deputies arrested Steele after being called to a Huntington hotel about a disturbance.

According to the criminal complaint, Steele held a woman down on a bed in a room at the motel, put a gun to her head, and then stole $290 in cash from her.

Deputies say they recovered 1,379 oxycodone tablets and a .38 revolver from the motel room.

The criminal complaint indicated that Steele was a convicted felon for kidnapping.

Steele was arrested on several state charges that included aggravated robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. It was a gun the Sheriff says was stolen from Pratt, W.Va., in 1984. This took place in a room at the hotel, according to the criminal complaint.

There's no word on the status of the state charges.

Steele admitted to federal prosecutors that he intended to sell the pills to people in Mingo County.



UPDATE 11/18/11 @ 4 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Thousands of pills and a gun, reported stolen in 1984, are now off the streets.

Cabell County Sheriff Deputies arrested Terry Steele, 41, of Meador, W.Va., Thursday night after being called to a Huntington hotel about a disturbance.

Steele faces several charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm. It was a gun the Sheriff says was stolen from Pratt, W.Va. in 1984.

He is also charged with aggravated robbery, for holding a gun to a woman's head and stealing cash from her. This took place in a room at the hotel, according to the criminal complaint.

He now faces a possession charge for having almost 1,400 oxycodone pills on him that investigators believe were stolen.

“Due to the volume and the amount of prescription pain medication, we are utilizing all of our resources to see if this quantity was stolen from a pharmacy or some other location that dispenses medication," said Sheriff Tom McComas.

The Sheriff plans to get in touch with the DEA to hopefully track down where these pills came from.

Steele has a lengthy criminal history including kidnapping, brandishing and shoplifting charges.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.



ORIGINAL STORY 11/18/11 @ 1:12 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from Mingo County faces armed robbery and drug charges following an incident at a Huntington motel Thursday.

Cabell County Sheriff Deputies charged Terry Steele, 41, of Meador, W.Va., with armed robbery, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the criminal complaint, Steele held a woman down on a bed in a room at the motel, put a gun to her head, and then stole $290 in cash from her.

Deputies say, in the room, they found multiple bottles of Oxcodone which did not have a prescription, and a .38 revolver.

The criminal complaint indicates that Steele is a convicted felon for kidnapping.

He is being held in the Western Regional Jail.


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