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POINT PLEASANT — Four recent cases dealing with drug arrests have been bound over to the grand jury.


Allan O. Wasonga, 21, of Point Pleasant, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver in March. Wasonga recently appeared before Mason County Magistrate Gail Roush for his preliminary hearing with Roush finding probable cause in the case. Wasonga’s case will now move into the jurisdiction of circuit court for possible further proceedings and could be heard by a grand jury.


Following a traffic stop in which Wasonga was the driver, Point Pleasant Police Department (PPPD) personnel reported they found one large bag and one small bag, each containing a substance consistent with heroin, on the vehicle. According to the PPPD, one ounce of heroin was seized with an estimated street value of $4,000, as well as $399 in cash — the cash was allegedly found on Wasonga’s person, along with other evidence not detailed in the criminal complaint. The West Virginia State Police K-9 unit also assisted in this case. Wasonga is currently free on bond.


In another case, Jeffrey Wayne Henry, 49, Point Pleasant, who was charged with operating a clandestine lab, recently waived his right to a preliminary hearing. This means the case now moves on to circuit court for possible further proceedings and could be heard by a grand jury. Mason County Magistrate Cheryl Ross reduced Henry’s bond to $7,500 with the condition he enroll in the Mason County Day Report program.


In the same case, Heather Dawn Letson, 34, Point Pleasant, who was charged with accomplices, aiders and abettors, also waived her right to a preliminary hearing. This means the case now moves on to circuit court for possible further proceedings and could be heard by a grand jury. Magistrate Ross reduced Letson’s bond to $3,000 with the condition she enroll in the Mason County Day Report program.


Also in reference to this same case, Tara Rae Sowards, 32, Point Pleasant, who was charged with accomplices, aiders and abettors, waived her right to a preliminary hearing. This means the case now moves on to circuit court for possible further proceedings and could be heard by a grand jury. Magistrate Roush reduced Sowards bond to $7,500 with the condition she report to the home confinement program.


Sowards was already out on bond on separate charges in an unrelated case. According to records in Mason County Circuit Court, prior to her recent arrest, she was due to appear in circuit court on March 31 for a hearing on the state’s petition to revoke her bond.


Though both Henry and Letson were no longer listed as being housed at the Western Regional Jail on Friday evening, Sowards remained listed as an inmate.


Last month, the Mason County Sheriff’s Department received information that an alleged meth lab was being operated at a residence located at 165 Joy Lane. Upon arriving and searching the home, an active lab was found inside the bathroom, according to the sheriff’s department, resulting in the arrests of Henry, Letson and Sowards. Two juveniles were removed from the residence after child protective services was contacted.

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