Man Sentenced for Drug Crime in Fayette County, Faces Murder Charge in Mercer County

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Written By Kanisha Laing

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Cory L. Callen, a 34-year-old resident of Bluefield, WV, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Fayette County for his involvement in a drug trafficking conspiracy. This sentencing comes amid pending charges, including murder, in Mercer County, highlighting the complex legal challenges Callen currently faces.

The case against Callen stems from a series of events beginning on February 26, 2023, when he and his co-defendant, Deron A. Yarrell, were pulled over by Oak Hill police for speeding. During the traffic stop, both individuals provided false information about their identities and intended destination, raising suspicion and leading to their arrest.

Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Anthony Ciliberti, Jr., confirmed that Callen entered a guilty plea on April 9, 2024, regarding charges related to the possession and distribution of fentanyl, oxymorphone, cocaine, and tramadol. This plea resulted in the 10-year prison sentence, with Callen required to serve a minimum of two years and six months before he can be considered for parole.

Beyond the drug-related conviction in Fayette County, Callen is concurrently facing serious allegations in Mercer County, where he is accused of murder. The dual nature of these legal proceedings underscores the severity of the charges and the potential consequences Callen may face across multiple jurisdictions.

In Fayette County, the sentencing marked a decisive moment in a case that has drawn attention for its implications regarding drug trafficking in the region. According to Ciliberti, the prosecution’s case highlighted the substantial evidence against Callen and Yarrell, emphasizing the dangers posed by their activities to the community.

Meanwhile, in Mercer County, preparations are underway for Callen’s upcoming trial on the murder charge. Authorities have been tight-lipped about the specifics of the murder case, which has added another layer of complexity to Callen’s legal predicament.

The situation has garnered significant local interest, with community members and legal experts alike closely following developments in both counties.

For residents in Bluefield and surrounding areas, the case has sparked discussions about crime and public safety, prompting reflections on community well-being and the role of law enforcement in addressing criminal activities.

As Callen navigates the legal system, his case serves as a stark reminder of the consequences of criminal behavior and the challenges associated with defending against serious charges. With each new development, the community waits with bated breath to see how justice will unfold in this high-profile case.

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