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Arrests Made in Sophia Connected to Ongoing Investigation

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RALEIGH COUNTY, W.Va. (WOAY) – The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office, United States Marshal’s Service, Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit and the DEA conducted a search warrant in Sophia after an ongoing investigation.

While executing a search warrant, authorities say they found oxycodone pills, marijuana, heroin and a heroin/fentanyl mixture at 118 Main Street. Authorities also recovered five firearms from the scene. The heroin and heroin/fentanyl mixture is allegedly enough for 200 doses.

Dandre Sanders of Michigan was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver heroine, oxycodone and marijuana, conspiracy to commit a felony and felon in possession of a firearm.

Breyanna Wilkerson of Coal City was arrested based on a warrant previously obtained by the DEA on the charge of conspiracy to distribute narcotics.

Other charges may be pending.



Kassie Simmons joined the team in January 2019 as a weekend journalist. She graduated from Virginia Tech in just two and a half years with a BA in multimedia journalism. During her short time at Virginia Tech, she served as the editor for the university’s chapter of The Tab. Kassie was named the top reporter for The Tab at Virginia Tech on multiple occasions and made the list for the top 30 reporters for The Tab in the U.S. She also studied theater performance and minored in creative writing. Before coming to WOAY, Kassie interned at WSLS in Roanoke and the Tidewater Review in her hometown of West Point, Va. She has loved following breaking news since her childhood and has a passion for delivering the stories people care most about. Kassie is excited to be working in Southern West Virginia and looks forward to all the adventures ahead of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @KassieLSimmons and like her page on Facebook. If you have a story you think she should check out, send her an email at ksimmons@woay.com.


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