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18 indicted on drug charges

July 7, 2018

HUNTINGTON - Eighteen people were indicted by a Cabell County grand jury on charges relating to drug trafficking.

Tavarius Darnell Jones, 39, of Decatur, Georgia, was indicted on one count of knowingly permitting or operating a drug house and one count of delivery of a controlled substance. The charges stem from two separate drug raids earlier this year.

Jones was first arrested in January when the Huntington Police Department’s Special Investigations Bureau and SWAT team carried out the raid with the FBI Violent Crimes Drug Task Force in the 900 block of Washington Avenue. He was charged with maintaining a dwelling for drug sales.

At the time, Huntington Police Capt. Rocky Johnson said it was the most heavily barricaded or fortified house he had seen in 27 years of service.

Jones was arrested again in February after the same residence was raided again. According to the criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court, Jones allegedly delivered about half of a gram of suspected cocaine to a confidential informant, who was working under the direction of the Huntington Police Department and the FBI Violent Crimes Drug Task Force, at an apartment in the 900 block of Washington Avenue.

Jones is in the Western Regional Jail. Bond has been denied.

Ashaunte Jermaine Owens, 19, of Cleveland, was indicted on one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin), one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (clonazepam), one count of burglary, one count of battery and one count of escape, all stemming from a May 19 incident.

Police were called to the 1100 block of 9th Avenue in Huntington after Owens was stabbed in the chest. According to the indictment, Owens allegedly broke into an apartment and struck a female victim in the face.

During the investigation, officers found drug paraphernalia inside the apartment. Owens was also found to be in possession of 35 bindles of suspected heroin and a distribution amount of prescription pills.

At some point in the investigation, Owens, who had been transported to the hospital, attempted to escape custody of a Huntington police officer.

Jones was released from the Western Regional Jail on bond.

Aunthony Lavar Harris Jr., 20, of Detroit, Michigan, and Elijah J. Murphy, 19, of Huntington, were jointly indicted on one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (marijuana) and one count of conspiracy. Harris is also indicted on one count of persons prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The two men were arrested in February following a traffic stop in the 400 block of 16th Street in Huntington. The two men were found with 19.4 grams of marijuana in three baggies, along with digital scales, according to criminal complaints. Harris was also found with a loaded .22 caliber handgun.

Both men were released from the Western Regional Jail on bond.

An indictment is a formal charge made against a person by a grand jury. It does not establish guilt or innocence.

Others indicted in June on drug trafficking charges include:

n Justin Michael Spurlock: Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin) and distribution of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school or college.

n Jackie Lee Sargent: Three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin) and conspiracy.

n Jodeci Jashun Mack: Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin), possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), fleeing without a vehicle and obstructing an officer.

n Geon Lavell Henderson: Delivery of a controlled substance (heroin).

n Peyton Andrew Young: Four counts of delivery of a controlled substance (heroin) and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin).

n Travis Johnathon Shepherd: Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (marijuana).

n Glenn Ford Jenkins Jr.: Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin) and fleeing without a vehicle.

n David Antoine Colts: Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin) and fleeing without a vehicle.

n Brandon Scott Porter: Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (marijuana) and obstructing an officer.

n Christopher Lamar Davis: Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin).

n Charles George Perdue: Three counts of delivery of a controlled substance (heroin) and one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin).

n Darnell D. Powell: Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (marijuana), fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference and fleeing without a vehicle.

n Jared Jarrell Hill: Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (marijuana) and second-offense driving on a suspended or revoked license for DUI conviction.

n Brandon Nile Thomas: Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (marijuana).

Herald-Dispatch reporter Courtney Hessler contributed to this report.

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