WILLIAMSON – Local law enforcement agencies made a significant drug bust Thursday morning in Williamson, arresting six individuals including one suspect from Cleveland, Ohio.
Members of the U.S. 119 Drug Task Force, the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD), the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) and the Williamson Police Department (WPD) made the raid around 6:00 a.m. on Joseph Avenue in Williamson. They arrested Allen aka “Fred” Tate, 36 years old, of Cleveland, Ohio on possession with intent to deliver.
Tate had in his possession heroin, crack cocaine, more than $4,000 in cash and a loaded firearm. He is also charged with illegally being in possession of the handgun.
Sheriff James Smith said that 12.8 grams of heroin and four grams of crack were confiscated during the arrest of Tate.
The others arrested were Lawrence Wilkerson, Sr., 58, of Joseph Avenue in Williamson, Dustin Thomas Wilkerson, 23, address listed as Mate Creek, W.Va., Wendy Fitch, Logan Street, Williamson, Kurastin Brown, 22, Third Avenue, Williamson and Breonna Bralley, 24, Fourth Avenue, Williamson.
Lawrence Wilkerson and Dustin Wilkerson were both charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
Sheriff Smith said that law enforcement officers are looking for at least five more individuals. He listed their names as Crystal Castle, Richard aka “Pee Wee” (no last name), Rick Plummer, Kim Cantrell, Georgia Cantrell and at least one other female. If anyone knows the whereabouts of any of these suspects they should contact one of the local police agencies.
“This has been an ongoing investigation,” said Sheriff Smith. “We were able to get a large quantity of drugs off the street.”
Smith said federal agencies have been involved in this probe.
“These arrests should help cut off the pipeline from Cleveland, Ohio,” the sheriff said. “I want to thank all of the other police agencies involved in these arrests.”
He said that the WVSP brought in its Special Response Team (SRT) for the raid.
“When agencies work together we can get more done,” Smith said.
If anyone has information on any drug trafficking or the other suspects that have been mentioned they can call the MCSD at 304-235-0300, the Williamson detachment of the WVSP at 235-6000 or the WPD at 235-2570. Anonymous tips are welcome.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)