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Buying of copper lines leads to indictments of two men



A Letcher County scrap metal dealer is named in indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury.

Delbert Mitchell Wright, 82, of 632 Isom Dr., Isom, and 132 Harrell Park, Bean Station, Tenn., is charged in five indictments with failing to maintain a register of restricted metals, improper purchase of restricted metals by cash, failing to provide required reports of daily activities to law enforcement officer, and purchase of restricted metals without proof of ownership. Wright is also charged with receiving stolen property in each of the five indictments.

The grand jury says the restricted metals mentioned in the indictments are copper electrical power lines. Each indictment covers a month from November through March.

The grand jury also returned similar indictments against a former employee of another scrap metal dealership in Letcher County.

The jury names Ronnie Thomas, 59, of 48 Risky St., Isom, a former employee of Southern Steel Iron & Metal in five indictments. In each indictment, Thomas is accused of failing to maintain a register of restricted metals, improper purchase of restricted metals by cash, failing to provide required reports of daily activities to law enforcement officer, purchase of restricted metals without proof of ownership, and with receiving stolen property.

The restricted metals mentioned in the indictments against Thomas are also copper electrical power lines. Each indictment against Thomas also covers a month from November through March.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Lt. Brian Damron testified in the cases.



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