UPDATE: 7 charged after morning drug busts

November 14, 2018

HUNTINGTON — The Huntington Police Department on Tuesday arrested more than a half-dozen individuals suspected of participating in drug activity in Huntington.

Huntington Police Detective Ernie Blackburn said three separate search warrants were executed in the 400 and 300 block of 6th Avenue at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Two locations were at an apartment building, while the third was a home. Six people initially were detained, but seven were charged by the day’s end.

During the search, investigators found suspected heroin and methamphetamine, as well as scales, cellphones and paraphernalia consistent with the packaging, sale and use of drugs. Blackburn said police believe the raided locations were separate operations.

At the first location, in the 300 block of 6th Avenue, Kwanis C. Hayes, 26, of Huntington, was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Investigators allegedly located 1.1 grams of suspected heroin, digital scales and torn-off corners of plastic baggies.

At the second location, also in the 300 block of 6th Avenue, Rudolph D. “Wayne” Bass, 51, and Virgil O. “Vee” Richardson, 49, of Detroit, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Richardson also was charged with a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer. Officers allegedly saw Richardson in the bathroom of the residence flushing suspected narcotics.

At the third location, in the 400 block of 6th Avenue, Phillip S. Adkins, 39, Sabrina L. Morrison, 48, both of Huntington, Anthony G. “Tone” Garland, 50, and Theodore W. “Pops” Lowe, 49, both of Detroit, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

Blackburn said the raid was the result of several calls to HPD’s tip line and surveillance conducted by the department’s drug unit.

“We appreciate the tip line. Please call if you have any information,” he said. “We may not be able to get to it immediately, but all that information we log and document, and it assists us in our investigations.”

After seeing several known drug dealers in the half-block area during surveillance, police obtained warrants to raid each location, Blackburn said. The raids were conducted back-to-back before police began to search the homes to make sure they were able to arrest offenders with active warrants they believed to be inside the locations.

With temperatures Tuesday morning staying in the mid-30s with rain, Blackburn said raids take place “24/7,” no matter what the conditions are.

“This problem is citywide. Actually, it’s the whole area,” he said. “We are working as hard as we can to get as many dealers off the street. We target the out-of-town drug dealer, but the in-town drug dealer, we target them, too. (We do) whatever we can do.”

The property owners at the locations will be issued nuisance letters regarding the alleged criminal activity and will have 10 days to respond to the city.

Residents are encouraged to report suspicious activity by calling HPD’s anonymous tip line at 304-696-4444.

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