BEDFORD -Three Bedford County men were lodged in the Bedford County jail Friday on drug charges.
Timothy L. Hall, 27, Everett; Travis R. Donaldson, 24, Hopewell; and Earl J. Harding, 31, Everett, were charged by the Bedford County Drug Task Force with violations of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act and related offenses.
The charges stemmed from an investigation that began in April. On Friday morning, task force officers received a tip that Hall had left his Everett home with an unknown individual and was headed to Baltimore, according to a press release from Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins.
The task force officers with the assistance of federal ATF agents staked out his East First Street home where they discovered Hall had left his seven-year-old daughter without adult supervision. When Hall arrived home, nearly 8 hours after his departure, the officers were there to meet him, Donaldson and Harding, who were traveling with him, Higgins said.
After discovering approximately 4 grams of heroin on Hall, 2.6 grams of heroin on Donaldson and 2.5 suboxone pills on Harding, the men were taken into custody.
All three were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Tonya Osman.
Hall was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of children.
Donaldson was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Harding was charged with criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
Hall is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, Harding in lieu of $75,000 bail and Donaldson in lieu of $50,000.
The three are scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
The Drug Task Force also seized Harding's 1999 Pontiac convertible which was used in the transportation of the drugs. A search of the vehicle uncovered additional suboxone pills and drug paraphernalia, which will result in additional criminal charges against Harding, Higgins said.
Bedford County Children and Youth Services were contacted and arrangements were made with family members to take custody of the child.