KERMIT, W.Va. – The following statement was released by the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday, regarding the arrests of two individuals who have been wanted by law enforcement for the past several months.
On March 8, officers with the US 119 Drug Task Force and the Mingo County Sheriff’s Dept. conducted an interdiction traffic stop on a, silver Ford F-150 driven by Gabriel Brewer. The reason for the stop was primarily based upon a lengthy investigation into a drug trafficking organization that was being operated in Mingo and Wayne Counties.
Officers received credible information that Gabriel Brewer and Kenneth “Solo” Williams from Detroit, Michigan was bringing heroin into the Mingo County area. Cpl. P. Muncy and Cpl. E. Williams, along with other Officers of the Drug Task Force identified the suspect vehicle in Kermit, W.Va. and performed a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle was reportedly driving reckless at the time.
Upon approaching the vehicle, officers noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The suspects were then asked to exit the vehicle.
Officers then searched the suspects for the officer’s safety. Upon searching Kenneth “Solo” Williams, officers found approximately $ 10,000.00 worth of heroin, (50) 30mg oxycodone approximately $1,500 and $ 500 worth of marijuana, the suspects were then placed unto custody.
Information received prior to the traffic stop, along with a lengthy investigation it is believed that Gabriel Brewer along with Kenneth “Solo” Williams conspired with one another to possess the controlled substances with the intent to deliver.
This case remains under investigation. Other arrests are expected to be made during the course of the detailed investigation involving multiple agencies.