Ohio residents arrested after raid on apartment

September 21, 2018

Dustin Austin, 31, left, Decharae Key, 28, center, and Spencer D. Hackney, 31, await their arraignments at the Cabell County Courthouse on Wednesday.

HUNTINGTON — Three Akron, Ohio, natives were arrested at a 9th Avenue apartment building in Huntington on Wednesday after police found a large quantity of meth and fentanyl stashed away.

Decharae Key, 28, and Dustin Austin, 31, both of Akron, were charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Their bonds were set by Magistrate Dan Ferguson at $50,000 cash-only. Another man, Spencer D. Hackney, 31, also of Akron, was charged with obstructing and fleeing without a vehicle, both misdemeanors. His bond was $10,000.

The arrests of Key and Austin were made after detectives with the Huntington Violent Crime Federal Drug Task Force and Huntington Police Department Special Investigations Bureau executed a search warrant Wednesday morning at an apartment building in the 900 block of 9th Avenue in Huntington.

Police seized 100 grams of methamphetamine, about 13 grams of fentanyl, marijuana, a firearm, drug paraphernalia and a vehicle. Fentanyl is an opioid used as part of anesthesia to prevent post-surgery pain and is much stronger than heroin.

Hackney was arrested after he walked up to the apartment and allegedly fled after seeing police through a window. He was apprehended shortly after when he attempted to allegedly hide in a bush in the 900 block of 10th Avenue.

Hackney is the brother of William “Hollywood” Hackney, who is currently facing a federal case after he was accused of selling heroin in 2017 to two individuals, which later resulted in the overdose of two Huntington police officers handling the drug.

During her arraignment Wednesday, Key scolded media and officers for the arrest.

“There’s probably someone out here getting raped or murdered and you’re in my face,” she said.

Austin denied knowing his co-defendants and said he had just moved to Huntington from Kentucky, although he could not provide the magistrate with a Huntington address as his residence.

Hackney declined to comment.

The investigation is in the early stages. Additional charges and more arrests are expected, according to police officials.

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