Five arrested in bust

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 3, 2005

GREENSBORO – “I told him to watch what was going on in his home,” Greensboro Police Chief Claude Hamilton said he told the owner of the home on 1312 Evans Street.

Unfortunately, he didn’t watch close enough because the enormous amount of drug activity at the residence was suddenly stopped as Greensboro police and the area task force made five arrests Thursday around 4:30 p.m.

Deronta Skipper, 32 of Greensboro, Leslie Watford, in his 40s of Greensboro, Kendric Watford, 25 of Greensboro, Randy D. Warren, 35 of Greensboro, and Jabbar Johnson, 27 of Uniontown were apprehended yesterday and are currently being held in the Hale County Jail, according to police.

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Hamilton said police will arrest an additional suspect later.

“I gave them a warning,” Hamilton said. “There isn’t one person we’ve arrested that I haven’t warned. But after the warning I have no sympathy for them.”

Hamilton said police seized $1,500 in cash, and $20-25,000 worth of drugs from the home, suspects and vehicle.

“This stuff is so pure it’s worth a lot,” he said.

The mixture included a cellular phone, scale, pure cocaine and crack, which police said dealers could’ve gotten anywhere from $13-26,000 for, a marijuana plant found in the home’s bedroom, and a small amount of marijuana worth about $225.

According to Hamilton, police also have custody of Skipper’s gray 2000 GMC Suburban and will probably condemn the home on Evans Street.

“Usually if we find money or drugs in it we will do a condemnation,” Hamilton said.

Skipper faces charges of trafficking and distributing an illegal substance. Leslie Watford faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of marijuana, and manufacturing a controlled substance.

Kendric Watford faces charges of manufacturing and trafficking a controlled substance. Warren faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and first-degree marijuana possession. Lastly, Johnson faces charges of first-degree possession of marijuana and possession on a controlled substance.

Hamilton attributes the increase in drug activity to the rush of evacuees and new residents coming to the area.

“There are probably more drugs now than it’s ever been because of Hurricane season,” he said. “The fields are wide open and there is no way we can stop them when they are coming north.”

But, Hamilton assures Greensboro residents he will continue to work hard to stop drug activity no matter what his status is.

“Whether I am sheriff of chief the same thing will happen to drug dealers.”