13 detained, 6 arrested during drug raid in Huntington

February 19, 2019

HUNTINGTON – More than a dozen people were detained Monday evening by Huntington Police officers following a drug raid of a home in the 1600 block of Madison Avenue.

Capt. Rocky Johnson of the Huntington Police Department’s Special Investigations Bureau said officers were executing a drug-related search warrant around 5 p.m. at the home.

“When we got here, we encountered about 13 people with drugs in plain view,” Johnson said.

He said all 13 were detained, six were arrested and at least two of those arrested are from Detroit, Michigan.

Johnson said soon after the warrant execution and investigation began it had to be shut down due to a strong odor of natural gas coming from an upstairs bedroom, according to Johnson.

“We had the fire department come down and shut off the gas and ventilate the house,” he said.

Johnson says the home has been on the police’s radar for possible illegal drug activity.

“This place has been a problem for a while,” he said. “We have received numerous calls about this house.”

Since we came so late in the day, we had to block off traffic on Madison Avenue, as well as traffic coming off the Interstate.”

Johnson said Huntington’s Code Enforcement Unit, which inspects property violations, was also at the scene.

“The house is unsanitary,” Johnson said. “There were some open needles and things like that. Also the city’s Animal Control Unit is coming to take care of some pets inside the house.”

No other details were released.

This is a developing story. Check back for more information as it becomes available.