UPDATE 10/16/12 @ 7:15 p.m.
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three members of the same family are behind bars after a major drug bust in Wayne County.
Deputies say the family was trading pills for electronics and other property.
“It's so troubling,” Wayne County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Bradshaw said. “Having to come to terms with the fact that we do have such a problem with drugs, that we do have such a problem with theft.”
The Wayne County Sheriff's Department on Sunday arrested three members of the same family at a home along Trace Branch road near Fort Gay: Mary Lynne Bartram, David Bartram Sr. and David Bartram Jr.
Deputies say they were trading oxycodone pills for guns, food stamps, electronics, jewelry and tools. Many of those items were stolen.
“So you have a problem with the thefts, and then you also at that point are enabling drug addicts to continue their habits,” Bradshaw said.
Christopher Mullet lives in Louisa, Ky., where many of the stolen items were taken.
“They don't wanna get out here and make an honest dollar so, you know, they want to do it the wrong way instead of the right way,” Mullett said.
And that wrong way makes him worry about safety.
“I just can't believe it's that bad, you know,” Mullett said. “It's at least once a week you're hearing, you know ... somebody got robbed or a drug bust or a meth bust. Or something like that. And I don't see what people get out of it.”
Now begins the long task of trying to find the folks who own the stolen items.
“If I have the property that belongs to someone, I am very eager to return it to them,” Bradshaw said.
But sorting that out could take months.
If your home has been burglarized in the last 12 to 18 months and think some of the items may have wound up with the Bartrams, contact the law enforcement officer you first reported the theft to and let them know.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office says David Claude Bartram Sr., 68; Mary Lynne Bartram, 61; and David Claude Bartram Jr., 39, were arrested Sunday.
Each is charged charged with six counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
According to a press release, deputies raided a house in the 500 block of Trace Branch Road after receiving information that the Bartrram family was was trading oxycodone pills for property, including electronics.
Deputies say they seized several oxycodone pills, about $7,400 cash, 38 assorted firearms, assorted food stamp cards from Kentucky, clothing vouchers, computers, drug ledgers, pain clinic contacts in Georgia, assorted records of drug runners and various ID cards.
The Sheriff's Office says at least two of the weapons were stolen.
Investigators also believe the family was sponsoring several people in obtaining oxycodone pills at multiple pain clinics.
The three are being held in the Western Regional Jail on $100,000 bond.
Members of the Fort Gay Police Department assisted in the search.
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