W.Va. drug bust nets 13

December 15, 1997

W.Va. drug bust nets 13


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Thirteen people were arrested Monday morning and six others were being sought as a result of drug indictments returned earlier this month by a federal grand jury, according to U.S. Attorney William D. Wilmoth.

Twelve of those arrested were released on $10,000 personal recognizance bonds after appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert, according to the clerk's office at the U.S. District Court. Glasford A. Walters, 29, of Martinsburg, was ordered held pending a detention hearing.

Of those still being sought, Timothy L. Simmons, also known as "Poe" and "Pope," is from Hagerstown, Wilmoth said. Simmons is charged with distributing crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute, he said.


He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each count. Authorities say both offenses took place on April 21.

Wilmoth said during a press conference in the U.S. District Court building on West King Street that about 20 law enforcement officials, including West Virginia State Troopers, sheriff's deputies from Berkeley and Jefferson counties, Martinsburg City Police and U.S. Marshal's Service officers participated in rounding up the suspects. The arrests were made without incident, he said.

There was no central figure among the suspects, Wilmoth said, describing them as "loosely confederated groups all basically doing the same thing - selling crack cocaine."

They were indicted by a federal grand jury that met Dec. 2-4 on evidence collected during a year-long investigation by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

According to Wilmoth, most of the drug activity the suspects are accused of participating in took place this year, although some of the charges date back to 1994.

Most of those indicted were from either Martinsburg or Kearneysville, W.Va., but the indictments included a New Jersey man and another only known as "TNU" and "Blackard."

All the suspects are charged with distribution of crack cocaine. Additional charges filed against suspects include criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack and maintaining a residence for the distribution or use of cocaine.

If convicted, each suspect faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of $500,000 to $1 million.

Those charged with employing someone under the age of 18 to distribute cocaine, or dealing drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, face up to 40 years in prison and $2 million in fines on each count.

According to Wilmoth, those indicted and taken into custody were:

* Mark Arvin Jr., 19, of 409 Bachman St., Martinsburg, seven counts.

* James W. Cephas, 60, of 28 Megan St., Kearneysville, three counts.

* Gregory K. Clinton, 36, of 27 Megan St., Kearneysville, four counts.

* George Dickerson, age unavailable, of Kearneysville, one count.

* Wayne Hill, 39, of 200 E. Stephen St., Martinsburg, three counts.

* Janet Jackson, 38, of 27 Megan St., Kearneysville, four counts.

* Julia Jackson, 38, of 4 Megan St., Kearneysville, two counts.

* Alfred J. Johnson, also known as "Blue," 46, of 404 Williams St., Martinsburg, five counts.

* Cornell Larve Johnson, 31, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., two counts.

* Donald Scott, age unavailable, of 27 Megan St., Kearneysville, one count.

* Glasford A. Walters, also known as "Jamaican Paul," 29, of 328 N. High St., Martinsburg, four counts.

* Donna M. White, 34, of 2101 Douglas Oaks Drive, Martinsburg, seven counts.

* Lawrence Wilkes, 50, Pikeside Motel, of 2138 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg, 16 counts.

Along with Simmons and "TNU," Wilmoth said the following people were still at large Monday:

* Robert Orr, 51, Edgewater, N.J., five counts.

* Barry Green, 48, Leisure Inn Motel, Martinsburg, two counts.

* Bonnitto Bryce, also known as "Jamaican Pat," 35, of 174 Pikeside St., Apt. 10, Martinsburg, eight counts.

* William L. Urias, 19, 615 Virginia Ave., Martinsburg, four counts.

Wilkes faces three counts of employing a minor to sell cocaine and Arvin faces one count among his charges. Bryce, White and Hill are charged with running a crack house from the summer of 1994 to the time of their arrests.

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