PINEVILLE - A Wyoming County man will spend at least a
year behind bars after pleading guilty to drug charges.
Johnny Lee Lawson of Pineville entered a plea of guilty
to two felony counts of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance in Wyoming
County Circuit Court. Lawson was arrested in October 2013 during a drug sweep
of Wyoming County conducted by the Sheriff's Department, State Police and the
Southern West Virginia Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.
Judge Warren R. McGraw sentenced Lawson on Thursday to two terms of
not less than one nor more than five years behind bars, and ordered the
sentences to be served concurrently.
Wyoming County Prosecutor Micheal Cochrane thanked the
law enforcement officers who conducted the investigations and arrest. "It
is important for our citizens to know that we are blessed to have talented,
hard-working members of law enforcement who work hard to keep our communities
safe,” he said. “It is my pleasure to work with them in that effort."
Lawson is in Southern Regional Jail on $150,000 bond.