WPD raid leads to 4 arrests
by Sam Pizzigati
WILLIAMSON — The Williamson Police Department raided a house on Vinson Street yesterday, leading to the arrest of four people.
Robert Wilson, a fugitive from justice; Albert “Trey” Childress; Christina Tidwell; and a man known only by his streetname, “Black,” were arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver for both cocaine and marijuana. “Black,” whom Chief of Police C.D. Rockel said was being uncooperative, was charged as a John Doe until he could be identified.
Rockel told the Daily News that the house was initially raided “for surveillance equipment used in another crime and suspicion of drugs.”
He would not go into detail on the former, but did share the details of the drug raid.
“Myself and sheriff-elect Eugene Crum worked most of today (Thursday) and about a week on this,” Rockel said. “We got a search warrant from Magistrate Dallas Toler.”
The WPD and Crum executed the warrant at 6:15 p.m.
After the raid, items from the house, which, according to Rockel is a rental property owned by current Mingo County Sheriff Lonnie Hannah, were placed onto the table at the police station:
Three baggies of marijuana weighing in at approximately 30 grams, two baggies of crack cocaine weighing in at approximately 25.7 grams, a bottle of unknown pills, scales, synthetic marijuana, a loaded .22 caliber handgun, multiple cell phones, recording devices and cash totalling $646 were confiscated.
Officer Jeff Taylor said that the cocaine was “pure,” and “fresh off the brick,” pointing out the edges and shape of the drug within the baggie.
“That’s about $5,000 worth of crack cocaine right there,” Rockel said.
During the item count, the confiscated cell phones were often ringing and receiving texts. Crum answered one and asked the caller, “What’s up?”
The caller quickly hung up.
“Residents of the neighborhood complained of traffic in and out of that residence at all times of the day and night,” Rockel said. “With Eugene and the city police, we’re going to be working with the sheriff’s department when he gets in. This shows that we’re going to work together. This will be good for all of Mingo County.”
Rockel said that each of his officers participated in the case.
Crum, who takes office in January, told the Daily News that he was working as a special investigator for Prosecuting Attorney C. Michael Sparks.
“I appreciate Rockel for all his help,” Crum said. “This was one of my promises to the people. This is just the beginning. If you’re dealing drugs, you better beware.”
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