Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 26, 2013

Guilty pleas entered in illegal drug trade cases

WELCH — A combined effort by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department and the Southern Regional Drug & Violent Crime Task Force to tackle the illegal drug trade in the Warriormine area of McDowell County has resulted in several guilty pleas.

Defendants in three separate drug-related cases that the two agencies investigated from Jan. 4, to March 21, resulted in four guilty pleas in McDowell County Circuit Court on Wednesday, according to McDowell County Prosecuting Attorney Edward Kornish.

“The McDowell County Sheriff’s office and the Southern Regional Drug & Violent Crime Task Force worked together of investigations that came to a successful conclusion in McDowell County Circuit Court Judge Booker T. Stephens’ court today,” Kornish said.

Kornish said that Donald Simpkins, 31, of Warriormine pleaded guilty to one count of delivery of hydrocodone.

The court scheduled Simpkins’ sentencing for Nov. 20.

In addition, Timothy Stone, 52, and Thomas Perkins, 35, also both of the Warriormine area, pleaded guilty to charges related to operating a meth lab. “Stone pleaded guilty to operating a clandestine meth lab and Perkins pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to operate a clandestine meth lab,” Kornish said.

Both charges arose from a search warrant executed on Jan. 13, at a residence in Warriormine.

Stone also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to operate a clandestine meth lab related to an investigation on March 21.

Stephens also scheduled Stone and Perkins for sentencing on Nov. 20, according to Kornish.

“I would like to commend the McDowell County sheriff’s office and the drug task force for their investigations on these cases,” Kornish said.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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