Missing Operation UNITE Jacket Lands One Man Behind Bars

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

A missing Operation UNITE jacket ends up in the hands of a man arrested earlier Wednesday. The jacket isn't the only thing they found in the Leslie County home.

A Tuesday night drive ultimately put 28 year old Floyd Dean Shannon Begley in the backseat of a police car.

"We received a call from State Police in Richmond last night, that they'd stopped a vehicle for speeding. The driver of the vehicle was wearing a UNITE Task Force top, which we do wear," said Dan Smoot with Operation UNITE.

UNITE officers, realizing they were missing a jacket, were led to Begley's home in the Rockhouse area of Leslie County.

"There was an outstanding 2004 indictment warrant out of Clay County on him, which we executed this morning," Smoot said.

Officers say they found Oxycontin and Xanax pills when they served the warrant, as well as a weapon they believed to be illegal.

"We contacted the ATF. They're gonna come down, check the gun out, and possibly pursue federal weapons charges," Smoot said.

Officials say Begley's girlfriend, Heather Smith, was arrested and charged with fugitive apprehension. Begley was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

UNITE officials say there is no indication Begley used the jacket to impersonate a police officer, but that the investigation will continue.

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