Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 22, 2010

Drug roundup nets 10

BLUEFIELD —  Federal authorities released the names of 10 individuals indicted this week on drug charges. The 24-count indictment was returned by a grand jury meeting in Charleston, but sealed until Thursday afternoon.

“The indictments came as a result of a long investigation,” Sgt. Jose Centeno of the West Virginia State Police said. Centeno said that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations were lead investigators on the case. “The Southern Regional Drug & Violent Crime Task Force assisted,” Centeno said.

Count one of the indictment indicates that the investigation was centered in or near Princeton from January through Sept. 22, and alleges that the persons named in the indictment conspired to distribute “more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.”

Persons named in the indictment included Paul Winebush, 33, also known as “PU,” from Bluefield, (5 counts), Karletha Pickerson, 30, also known as “Leetha” from Princeton (3 counts), Gary Watkins, 50, also known as “Mudd” of Montgomery, (2 counts), Preston Smith, 41, also known as “Prez” from Bluefield, (3 counts), and Lloyd Lipscomb, 59, also known as “Uncle” from Welch (3 counts).

Other persons named in the indictment included: David Crockett, 26, also known as “Davy” of Bluefield (3 counts), Deago Reed, 29, also known as “D” of Mercer County, (2 counts), Kenneth Shrewsbury, 51, also known as “Chicken” of Wyoming County, (3 counts), Erick Ellison, 30, also known as “Rick” of Mercer County, (3 counts), and Ahmad Waterson, 30, also known as “Dirty” of Keystone (3 counts).

Six of the persons named in the indictment had initial appearances Thursday at U.S. District Court in Bluefield before U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Clarke VanDervort who scheduled their arraignment/detention hearings for 1 p.m., on Oct. 26, at U.S. District Court in Beckley.

– Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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