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Retired Charleston cop arrested on felony drug charge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A retired Charleston police officer faces a felony charge after he allegedly sold methamphetamine in a Walmart parking lot.

While responding to another call Tuesday at the Walmart at Nitro Marketplace, Nitro Police Officer D.S. Bays saw David Wayne Reedy, 40, walking through the store, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Reedy, of Plantation Drive in Nitro, retired from the Charleston Police Department's patrol division in 2003.

Bays recognized Reedy from a previous incident in Putnam County in which Reedy had been arrested on a domestic-battery charge and then violated the conditions of his bail, according to the complaint.

Bays called Putnam County Magistrate Court, who said Reedy had an active state warrant for the bail violation, according to the complaint.

After Reedy left the store and went to his 2011 Ford F-150 pickup, Bays saw "what appeared to be a hand-to-hand transaction," according to the complaint.

The police officer approached Reedy's truck and asked him to get out, advising him of the active warrant for his arrest. Police then found a loaded firearm and a pipe used to smoke meth in Reedy's pockets, according to the complaint.

A St. Albans police officer and dog came to the parking lot to help Bays search the outside of Reedy's vehicle. After the dog detected something, police found a large amount of meth consistent with the distribution of a controlled substance, according to the complaint.

Reedy was arrested and faces a felony charge of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance. He also faces a misdemeanor charge stemming from violating a protective order in the previous incident in Putnam County.

In July, Reedy was arrested on a charge of domestic battery against his wife, according to a criminal complaint filed in Putnam County Magistrate Court. As a condition of his release on bail, he was ordered not to have any contact with his wife.

A few weeks later, on Aug. 20, Reedy allegedly went inside their home while his wife was sleeping and started to gather up some of his belongings. His wife told Nitro Police Officer H.R. Blake II that the estranged couple started to argue and that she told Reedy she had filed for divorce.

Reedy allegedly then went into the bedroom and cut up several articles of his wife's clothes before leaving the residence, according to the complaint.

Reedy was being held Friday in the South Central Regional Jail on $5,000 pre-trial felony bail out of Kanawha County and $5,000 misdemeanor bail out of Putnam County.

Reach Kathryn Gregory at kathryng@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5119.


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