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Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 12:00 pm | Updated: 3:16 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Jimmie Ferguson

Killeen Daily Herald

A 33-year-old Harker Heights man was still being sought Monday in connection with several suspected drug cases involving cocaine valued at nearly $200,000 on the street, said a spokesman for the Central Texas Narcotics Task Force.

Kenneth Eric Watson, aka "Weasel," should be considered armed and dangerous, and the public is cautioned not to approach him, said John Moseley, assistant commander of the task force.

Watson has been on the run from law enforcement since June 28, when members of the Central Texas Narcotics Task Force recovered approximately 2.2 kilograms of cocaine, a pound of marijuana and two firearms in the 100 block of Old Nolanville Road in Nolanville, Moseley said.

This occurred after the Task Force responded to a request from the Harker Heights Police Department following a vehicle pursuit, in which the driver, identified as Kenneth Eric Watson, had fled the area prior to officers' arrival, Moseley said.

"Witnesses placed Watson at the scene and in possession of the narcotics," Moseley said. "Watson had apparently abandoned his vehicle, the drugs and firearms after fleeing Harker Heights police in the vehicle.

"The seized cocaine in this incident has a street value in excess of $82,000, while the marijuana seized is valued at $1,280," Moseley said.

Moseley said the Bell County District Attorney's office reviewed the case and issued an arrest warrant charging Watson with possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine.

The investigation into the criminal activities of Watson continued, the drug agent said.

At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, a search warrant was executed at a storage facility in the 4600 block of East Rancier Avenue in Killeen, where officers recovered an additional kilogram of cocaine, as well as three firearms and property valued at approximately $7,500.

The investigation led members of the Task Force to obtain a search warrant that was executed at 1:30 a.m. Friday at an apartment in the 1700 block of Bent Tree Drive in Killeen. This warrant was executed with the assistance of the Killeen Police Department's Organized Crime Section and Tactical Response Unit. Subsequently, approximately 300 grams of cocaine was seized and two arrests were made – Ernest Smith, Jr., 69; and his son, Jermaine David Smith, 22, who were later charged with possession of cocaine more than 200 grams. The cocaine recovered in this incident has an approximate street value of $24,000, Moseley said.

To date, Moseley said officers of the task force have seized more than 2,300 grams of cocaine, 550 grams of marijuana, 35 milligrams of codeine syrup and a small quantity of MDMA or ecstasy in connection with this investigation. These narcotics have a total street value in excess of $188,000. Additionally, officers have seized approximately $25,000 in cash and approximately $83,000 in property.

The task force has served eight search and seizure warrants and continues its search for Watson with the assistance of the Harker Heights Police Department, the Nolanville Police Department, the Killeen Police Department and Bell County District Attorney's office.

The task force is requesting the assistance of the public and Killeen Area Crime Stoppers in locating Kenneth Eric Watson. Watson is described as being 5-feet-7 at 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information concerning Watson's whereabouts is asked to contact the Central Texas Narcotics Task Force at (254) 774-9978 or Killeen Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-8477.

Unrelated to Watson's investigation, the Central Texas Narcotics Task Force also executed a search warrant at 10:30 p.m. Thursday at a residence in the 3100 block of Interstate 35 South in Belton, where 5.5 ounces of marijuana was found and Felix Lamont Mills, 33, of Belton was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana more than 4 ounces and less than 5 pounds, said Eleno Alvarado, commander of the Task Force.

Pauline Collins, 31, of the same address, was arrested on outstanding warrants for possession of marijuana, Alvarado said.

Contact Jimmie Ferguson at

jferguson@kdhnews.com

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