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Six arrested during drug raid in Huntington

February 19, 2019
Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch Huntington police officers arrest Tracey Gibson during a drug raid Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at 1608 Madison Ave., in Huntington. Thirteen people were detained and 6 arrested during the raid.

HUNTINGTON — Six people were arrested on drug-related charges Monday evening following the execution of a search warrant 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.

The warrant was obtained partly due to calls to the Huntington Police Department’s anonymous tip line and information given to drug detectives, according to a news release from the Huntington Police Department.

Upon entry to the home, detectives with HPD’s Special Investigations Bureau initially detained 13 people, but only six people were arrested.

Tracey Gibson, 63, of 1608 Madison Ave. was charged with maintaining a dwelling for drug sales.

Tosha D. Slone, 36, of 1608 Madison Ave. was also charged with maintaining a dwelling for drug sales.

Kelly P. Gothard, 58, of 1608 Madison Ave. was charged with maintaining a dwelling for drug sales.

Steven W. Stewart II, 37, of 1608 Madison Ave. was charged with felony burglary and maintaining a dwelling for drug sales.

Quentin Lamanote-Termaine White Jr., 23, of Westland, Michigan, was charged with felony conspiracy to sell drugs and felony possession with the intent to deliver.

Jemel McClinton, 19, of Detroit, Michigan, was charged with felony conspiracy to sell drugs and felony possession with the intent to deliver.

Johnson said detectives recovered approximately 25 grams of suspected heroin, black tar heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, cash, scales and paraphernalia used to package and sell drugs.

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.

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

Johnson said the city’s Public Works Department was also called to the scene to issue a do not occupy order because of the gas leak and unsanitary living conditions. He said animal control was also notified to take possession of a cat.

To report suspicious activity, residents are urged to contact the Huntington Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 304-696-4444.

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