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Letcher Co. officials make first arrests for synthetic drugs

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

The Letcher County Sheriff's Department made their first arrests at one business in connection with synthetic drugs.

Sheriff Danny Webb said they had received a lot of complaints on the TFX shop.

”Witnesses saying they saw people go up to the window and buy the substance on the scene and staggering away, driving off, it was dangerous,” said Webb.

The now closed TFX shop in Mayking was allegedly selling synthetic marijuana at one time and police said they were continuing to sell bath salts when the arrests were made.

Those who live and work around here said that the signage used to be on a chalkboard which has since been erased. They said they would witness people ring the doorbell and then exchange money for goods. Neighbors said the place was open 24/7 and people were coming in at all hours of the day and night and they were not happy about it.

“We can all breathe a little easier, I did not like to stay here at night by myself because of all the traffic,” said business owner Charlene Mason of the Copper Comb.
“That was my goal to get it out of this neighborhood.”

Mason said she would have people calling the shop and stopping in asking to see her bath salts.

“I told them they had the wrong place,” said Mason.
“I hate that my customers had to witness that.”

TFX Shop owners Cheryl and Mark Van Dyke were arrested for trafficking and possession and store manager Keith Maschino was arrested charged with possession of synthetic drugs in the beginning of this month. The sheriff said the synthetic drug problem will not end here.

“There is a company in Texas shipping this out C.O.D. and it's going out to post offices all across our county and this region,” said Webb.

Sheriff Webb said he is fearful the problem could get worse.

“I have not been able to identify another place that is selling it but I am sure that is being sold through people's houses and stuff,” said Webb.

The three people arrested have since been released from jail.


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