Retired Cabell County Deputy Sheriff arrested on various drug crimes

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced Thursday that a federal grand jury in Huntington has charged retired Cabell County Deputy Sheriff Larry McCallister and his son Steven McCallister with various drug and gun crimes.

Steven McCallister was arrested on June 12, 2019, in Barboursville following the execution of a search warrant.

During the search, law enforcement seized 1.2 kilograms of fentanyl, 300 grams of methamphetamine and more than $8,000 in cash.

"Had that fentynal hit the streets ... upwards of 750,000 folks could have lost their lives to overdose, especially those who aren't used to taking drugs," Stuart said.

Larry McCallister was present during the search.

Steven McCallister is charged with distribution of fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and felon in possession of a firearm.

Larry McCallister is charged in the superseding indictment with maintaining drug-involved premises and aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted on all charged, he faces five to 40 years in prison.

Both McCallisters were taken to the Western Regional Jail.

"I suspect the neighbors around said, 'wow this is a great place to live. I'm really I've got former law enforcement next door.' " Stuart said. "But what they didn't realize is what they had was was folks dealing the poisons that have been killing our kids and our communities."

Many neighbors of the McCallisters declined to comment, some even citing a fear of retribution.

According to Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle, Larry McCallister had not served in the Cabell County Sheriff's Department for about 15 years.