WILLIAMSON – More felony drug charges have been filed against a Williamson man who was arrested and arraigned this past Wednesday on kidnapping and armed robbery charges.
Jerome Smith, AKA “Oatmeal” was charged with five counts of delivery of a controlled substance on Thursday, according to a spokesman for the U.S. 119 Drug Task Force, who is working in conjunction with the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD).
The warrants charge Smith with three counts for delivery of heroin and two counts of delivery of crack cocaine.
A Williamson woman, Carol Slone, was also charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance, crack cocaine.
At this time the charges are in the Mingo County Circuit Court, but federal warrants and charges are expected against Smith, who is said to be a key suspect in drug trafficking in the Tug Valley area, according to the MCSD spokesman.
Several controlled buys were made by the Task Force and this has been an ongoing investigation, according to Sheriff James Smith.
Smith was arrested, along with Dwight Warren, on felony of kidnapping and armed robbery charges.
The two allegedly held a man at gunpoint and robbed him of his belongings.
Warren, 39, of Williamson, and Smith, 40, also of Williamson, allegedly entered the home of Robert Murphy and held him at gun point. The two suspects were charged with robbing Murphy of his personal belongings. Then, while under gun point, forced him to his vehicle against his own will and ordered him to drive them to an unspecified location.
According to the MCSD, anyone who uses the threat of deadly force by presenting a firearm or other deadly weapon is guilty of robbery in the first degree and, upon conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned in a state correctional facility not less than ten years.
The two were arraigned in front of Mingo County Magistrate Dee Sidebottom and then the case was sent to Circuit Court Judge Miki Thompson.
The case is still under investigation, according to Sheriff Smith.
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