Police seize 151 pounds (yes pounds) of meth; five Kentucky men arrested

Published 10:59 am Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Five Kentucky men accused of being part of a drug trafficking organization were charged in federal court after authorities seized 151 pounds of methamphetamine, officials said.

The charges stem from an investigation conducted by federal and local law enforcement agencies, U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman said in a statement on Tuesday.

A traffic stop on Jan. 11 resulted in the seizure 151 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, about three pounds of counterfeit pharmaceutical pills suspected of containing fentanyl, marijuana and other drugs, the statement said.

Afterward, multiple search warrants were executed around Owensboro and authorities seized additional drugs, firearms and over $325,000 cash, the complaint said.

Willie Watkins, 30, Christopher McNary, 31; Richard Cason, 29; Keith Watkins, 28; and Samuel White, 27 were all later charged with conspiring to possess drugs with the intent to distribute, Coleman said.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the men have attorneys who could comment on their behalf.