It may be one of the largest drug busts in the history of the state at least when it comes to confiscated cash.
The Southern West Virginia Violent Crime and Drug Task Force made an arrest last week, May 9, of Wyoming County resident Delbert Lester.
Lester, 55, of McGraws, was charged with eight counts of a delivery of a controlled substance.
Investigators recovered $10,000 in cash, 400 pills, 70 weapons along with a safe.
The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Dept. had to call in a specialist with a safe opening company because no one in the Lester residence could remember the combination.
The safe was opened Wednesday night and inside was $570,000 in cash. It was arranged in 38 stacks of $15,000 each. There were also 30 more guns in the safe.
The task force, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Dept. and Wyoming County Prosecutor’s Office are continuing their investigation.