Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 11, 2013

Federal jury returns guilty verdict against Bluefield man facing five counts of drug-related charges

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — A federal jury hearing a case at U.S. District Court in Bluefield returned guilty verdicts on all five counts of a five-count superseding indictment charging Brady Woods, 37, of Bluefield with distribution of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a weapon in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Woods did not appear to react as the court read the verdict. The jury began deliberations at 10:45 a.m., and told the court that a verdict had been reached at about 12:05 p.m. Senior Status District Judge David A. Faber of the Southern District of West Virginia asked the jury to return briefly to correct an error on the verdict form. The jury had marked the defendant guilty on both the main and lesser included charge on count four of the superseding indictment.

“This is a good day for justice,” Sgt. Jose Centeno, of the West Virginia State Police who serves as head of the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, said after the jury was dismissed. “With one kilo of crack cocaine and a half kilo of powder cocaine, this is the largest drug seizure this task force has ever had. It will reduce the impact of the drugs on the street.”

Faber scheduled Woods sentencing for Aug. 26 in Bluefield.