Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 14, 2013

Federal court schedules plea hearings for early 2014 in two drug cases

By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — In two separate orders entered this week at U.S. District Court in Bluefield, the court has scheduled plea hearings for two men who were named in separate federal indictments returned in October.

Alphonso Washington Jr., 31, of Princeton, was indicted on Oct. 1 by a federal grand jury meeting in Beckley on two counts; one for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, and the other as a convicted felon in possession of firearms, both Smith & Wesson handguns, one a 9 millimeter and the other a revolver.

The indictment also includes a forfeiture count, calling on the defendant to surrender any property that he may have derived from drug dealings as well as $18,863 in cash seized from Washington on Aug. 20. Count 1 of the indictment naming Washington alleges that he possessed the marijuana at or near Princeton on Aug. 20. Washington was being held at Southern Regional Jail in Beaver on state charges when he was indicted on federal charges.

Senior U.S. District Judge David A. Faber of the Southern District of West Virginia entered an order scheduling Washington’s plea hearing for 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 6, 2014 in Bluefield.

The 3-count indictment returned on Oct. 29, naming Leonard Graves III, 30, of Bluefield, Va., alleges that on Sept. 24, Oct. 2, and on Oct. 9, all three counts at or near Bluefield, that the defendant intentionally distributed a quantity of oxycodone on each date.

The court scheduled Graves’ plea hearing for 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 6, 2014, also in Bluefield.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com