Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

December 17, 2013

On the lookout for drug suspects

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — Garvin County authorities are still on the lookout for a few of the suspects on their watch list from an arrest warrant sweep related to illegal drugs in the Lindsay area last week.

An official with the Garvin County Sheriff’s Department said on Monday that deputies were still searching for five suspects related to a long-term drug investigation in the western part of the county.

Those suspects include Billy Gene “Pee Wee” Gray Jr., 56; Kim Nunn-Gray, 52; Tierra Kenworthy, 32; Edward Heath McCoy, 33; and Jamie Smith, 35.

All are still wanted on outstanding arrest warrants, and each one is from the Lindsay and Maysville areas.

Sheriff Larry Rhodes said on Monday the information his office has indicates these individuals are fully aware they are being sought by law enforcement and are actively avoiding apprehension.

“These persons have refused to contact the sheriff’s office to let their intentions be known or make arrangements through attorneys to turn themselves in,” Rhodes stated in an update released Monday.

“While there is no reason to believe they are presently armed, Billy ‘Pee Wee’ Gray and Heath McCoy are considered dangerous.”

According to the sheriff, 14 of the 19 individuals identified in the investigation have either been arrested or have surrendered on the outstanding arrest warrants.

Initially nine of the suspects were taken into custody, along with three others as officers from three law enforcement agencies conducted the sweep in the Lindsay area starting early Wednesday morning, Dec. 11.

Leading the charge were deputies from the sheriff’s office, officers with the Lindsay Police Department and agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

All the arrests have come as the result of an investigation focused on an organized effort, possibly with cartel related ties to Mexico, that was distributing methamphetamine in the Lindsay area and western portions of the county.

The investigation was initiated back in May 2012 by the sheriff’s office, which was later joined by OBN agents and Lindsay police.