He was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court and ordered held in South Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $200,000 bail.
Police took Watkins to CAMC General Hospital Tuesday night, believing that he may have concealed crack cocaine inside his rectum.
"We actually have a search warrant that's going to require medical personnel to assist us in executing," Cooper said. "At this point that's all I'm able to say."
Watkins cursed at reporters as detectives escorted him onto an elevator at the Charleston Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division. He was to be arraigned Tuesday night upon completion of the search warrant.
Cooper said police are familiar with Griffin, and his name has come up during investigations of similar crimes.
"He's been on our radar," he said.
Griffin was a shooting victim himself in January. He reported that an unknown assailant shot him in the calf from an alleyway somewhere in the 1500 block of Second Avenue or Third Avenue on Jan. 27. However, detectives said he was not cooperative and had difficulty re-creating where he was shot. No suspect was arrested or charged in the shooting.
According to reports, Griffin was indicted in April on drug charges. Cooper said police would seek guidance from the Kanawha County prosecuting attorney's office to determine if Griffin also will be charged with felony possession of a firearm.
The state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration has pulled Sky Lounge's liquor license until Oct. 3. Pauley said she would open with new management and would stop playing DJ music on weekends.
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