Four arrested on drug charges, one extradited for murder

Posted on November 6, 2019 by Kassie Simmons

GREENBRIER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) - Authorities arrested a group of people on drug charges after executing a search warrant in Rupert on Tuesday.

Authorities found James Martin, 30, in a parked vehicle with multiple baggies of meth and a handgun. Inside the residence, they found Jordan Killen, 27; Reondo "Jose" Ventour, 22; and Dekarie "Jesus" Kennedy, 23.

During the search, authorities found multiple handguns and a tactical shotgun, loaded and unsecured. They also found more marijuana, meth, cash and multiple digital scales throughout the residence. Ventour had marijuana, heroin and cash on his person.

Further investigation led to the discovery that Ventour has an active warrant out of Michigan for homicide and a weapons related charge. His extradition was confirmed. Kennedy also has a warrant out for parole violation, but extradition was denied at this time.

In an interview, Martin said he received heroin from Ventour and Kennedy and was going to pay them after selling it. Martin also said he and Killen allowed Ventour and Kennedy to sell drugs out of their home. In a separate interview, a fifth person claimed to have bought a handgun and drugs from Ventour.

Authorities obtained the warrant after a cooperating person made multiple controlled heroin purchases from Killen, Martin and Ventour. During those controlled purchases, Ventour and Kennedy were seen with handguns and making violent threats.

Ventour is charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin. He is at Southern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Martin is charged with possession with intent to deliver meth. He is at Southern Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Killen is charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin. She is at Southern Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Kennedy is charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin. He is at Southern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond.

It's unclear if the fifth person involved was arrested.

The Greenbrier Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department and WVSP executed the warrant that led to the arrests.

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Four arrested on drug charges, one extradited for murder

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GREENBRIER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Authorities arrested a group of people on drug charges after executing a search warrant in Rupert on Tuesday.

Authorities found James Martin, 30, in a parked vehicle with multiple baggies of meth and a handgun. Inside the residence, they found Jordan Killen, 27; Reondo “Jose” Ventour, 22; and Dekarie “Jesus” Kennedy, 23.

During the search, authorities found multiple handguns and a tactical shotgun, loaded and unsecured. They also found more marijuana, meth, cash and multiple digital scales throughout the residence. Ventour had marijuana, heroin and cash on his person.

Further investigation led to the discovery that Ventour has an active warrant out of Michigan for homicide and a weapons related charge. His extradition was confirmed. Kennedy also has a warrant out for parole violation, but extradition was denied at this time.

In an interview, Martin said he received heroin from Ventour and Kennedy and was going to pay them after selling it. Martin also said he and Killen allowed Ventour and Kennedy to sell drugs out of their home. In a separate interview, a fifth person claimed to have bought a handgun and drugs from Ventour.

Authorities obtained the warrant after a cooperating person made multiple controlled heroin purchases from Killen, Martin and Ventour. During those controlled purchases, Ventour and Kennedy were seen with handguns and making violent threats.

Ventour is charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin. He is at Southern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Martin is charged with possession with intent to deliver meth. He is at Southern Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Killen is charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin. She is at Southern Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Kennedy is charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin. He is at Southern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond.

It’s unclear if the fifth person involved was arrested.

The Greenbrier Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department and WVSP executed the warrant that led to the arrests.



Kassie Simmons

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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