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5 Arrested in Huntington Drug Raid

HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) -

UPDATE (2/20/18 12:45 PM):

According to the City of Huntington, five people were arrested following the execution of a search warrant this morning.

The operation on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, at the residence in the 900 block of Washington Avenue marked the second time that warrants have been executed at that building in about 30 days.

The property owner will be cited, and the case will be turned over to the City Attorney’s Office for further investigation concerning a violation of the city’s chronic nuisance property ordinance.

The search warrant was executed at around 5 AM by detectives with the Huntington Police Department’s Special Investigations Bureau and FBI Drug Task Force.

The Police Department’s SWAT Team forced entry into two of the apartments at the property because they were secured with steel grates over the windows and steel barriers on the doors.

Fifteen people were initially detained at the scene, and the following were arrested:

  • Tavarius Darnell Jones, 39, of Decatur, Georgia was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
  • Amanda Jo Dowdy, 29, of Pedro, Ohio was arrested on a city warrant for trespassing.
  • Jeremy J. Ellis, 22, of Barboursville was arrested on a city warrant for paraphernalia and a state warrant for shoplifting.
  • Nikki D. Robinson, 30, of Wayne was arrested on a state warrant for solicitation of prostitution.
  • Brian L. Webb, 38, of Willow Wood, Ohio was arrested on a city warrant for trespassing and a state warrant for shoplifting.

During the investigation, detectives recovered crack cocaine, several guns, cash, a vehicle, and drug paraphernalia.

The City of Huntington’s Code Enforcement Unit also responded to the scene and issued a “Do Not Occupy” order on the property.

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ORIGINAL:

At least 15 people have been detained after a drug raid in Huntington Tuesday morning.

Officers with the Huntington Police Department, along with SWAT raided a house on the 900 block of Washington Avenue, where they say they found distribution amounts of drugs, as well as guns and needles. 

The house was busted just last month, and those inside used 4x4s to keep police out.

This time, officers say those who were living at the house stepped up their game and used steel beams and grating to thwart police.


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