News Release
June 3, 2008

Last D-Block Gang Crack Cocaine Conspirator Sentenced
Watson Permitted Co-Conspirators to Use her Home to Rock-Up Crack Cocaine

JUN 3 -- OWENSBORO, KY - Deanna Watson, age 25, of 714 East 5th Street from Owensboro, Kentucky, was sentenced for her involvement with the “D-Block” crack cocaine conspiracy indictment that was filed on August 22, 2007, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today. Specifically, United States District Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., sentenced Watson to 5 years probation.

On December 13, 2007 Watson plead guilty to charges stemming from the August 22, 2007, indictment which charged 14 defendants. Watson pled guilty to one count of maintaining a premise for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing crack cocaine.

The facts elicited during the plea hearing revealed that during the time period of September 2006 and August 21, 2007, DEA agents and the Owensboro Police Department were investigating the activities of a group of drug traffickers, known as D-Block, located in Owensboro, Kentucky. In the investigation, law enforcement agents learned that the residence of Watson, which is located at 327 Lucas Ave., Owensboro, KY, was being used to "rock-up" crack cocaine by members of D-Block. “Rocking-up” is the term used to describe the process of making crack cocaine out of powder cocaine.

Watson is the last of the 14 defendants to be sentenced.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Kinnicutt, and it was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Owensboro Police Department, and the Kentucky State Police.