More than $200,000 worth of drugs seized from two Kanawha County homes, four arrests made

KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - During a news conference, Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford told 13 News that a massive amount of drugs, guns, and cash had been taken off off the streets.

Those arrested following the five-week investigation include Dior Nathan, 25, of Detroit, Jonathan Chuangkrud, 37, of Charleston, and Michelle Pugh, 35 of Charleston, and Travis Edwards, 29, of Detroit.  

Nathan, Chuangkrud, and Pugh were arrested inside a home along Mary Street on Wednesday, February 28.  Edwards was arrested inside of a home along Shadyside Road in St. Albans on Friday, March 2. 

All were charged with trafficking drugs.  

Investigators were able to seize:

  • 542 grams of heroin worth $108,000
  • 165 grams of Fentanyl worth $33,000
  • 150 grams of crack worth $30,000
  • 15 grams of meth worth $4,000
  • 60 grams of cocaine worth $12,000
  • 48 grams of marijuana worth $480

According to deputies, "the funding for the investigation came from the Kanawha County Commission through the HEAT (Heroin Eradication Associated Task-force) Program.  HEAT was begun in June 2014 when $250,000 of Public Safety Grant funds were allocated in response to an increase in heroin use, overdoses, and related criminal activity.  HEAT was the first of its type task force in West Virginia to provide a large amount of money for law enforcement operations combating a specific drug problem that affects everyone in the community."

In a news release, deputies stated that while not every arrest for drug trafficking is publicized, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office is continually investigating and arresting those distributing heroin in the county.

Anyone who suspects heroin activity in their community can call the tip line at (304) 720-4328 (HEAT).


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