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Weapons, Drugs Seized In Nicholas County; Three Men, Woman Face Charges

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 19, 2013 3:54 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 19, 2013 5:52 PM EST

West Virginia Regional Jail Photos
West Virginia Regional Jail Photos

Werth, Nicholas County , West Virginia

Authorities said they arrested three men and a woman, seized about $180,000 in cash, drugs, eight vehicles and machine guns from a residence in Nicholas County.

One of the suspects fled and was arrested after a police pursuit when he allegedly tried to run over sheriff’s deputies.

Ltitha Gova, 40, of California, Donnell Diego, 33, of Werth, Jimmy Crockett, 52, of California and Jermaine Baker, 31, of Charleston were arrested Monday in Werth, according to a news release from the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers with the Central West Virginia Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force served a search warrant after a long-term investigation into illegal narcotics and several controlled narcotics purchases were made from a residence in Werth. The release said the officers found the cash, 2 ounces of crystal methamphetamine valued at $5,200, 1 ounce of black tar heroin valued at $2,800 and 1 ounce of marijuana valued at $280. Several loaded weapons were seized, including rifles, pistols and fully automatic machine guns. The eight vehicles seized are valued at $150,000.

While searching the residence, police said, they saw the owner of the home, Diego, drive by and Nicholas County deputies began to pursue his vehicle. During the pursuit, Diego tried to run over multiple deputies with his vehicle and deputies fired shots at his vehicle, causing him to lose control, the release said. No one was injured in the incident

All three men were arrested and transported to the Central Regional Jail to await arraignment in Nicholas County Magistrate Court.

The task force was assisted by the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department, Metro Drug Unit of Kanawha County and West Virginia State Police’s Summersville and Richwood detachments.



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