UPDATE: (8:45 P.M. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022) — The names of the six people arrested after a raid at a Par-Mar gas station on Charleston’s East End have been released.

Documents say the investigation into drug activity at the Par-Mar store on Washington Street East was between October and November 2022. Police say informants were able to purchase illegal drugs inside the Washington Street East Par-Mar.

20 were identified as a result of the investigation, but six are now in custody.

Top Row L-R: Mitchem, Holmes and Waters. Bottom Row L-R: Williams, Lewis and Thomas.(Photos Courtesy: Charleston Police Department)

According to the criminal complaints, 25-year-old Izrael Leon Mitchem, of Huntington, 21-year-old Marcus Diangelo Holmes, of Detroit, Michigan, 34-year-old Jemel Lee Waters, of Charleston, 40-year-old Beverly Lewis, of Charleston, 44-year-old Bryant Lorenzo Williams, of Detroit, Michigan, and 37-year-old Ciara Thomas, of Charleston, were arrested Tuesday for suspected drug activity.

Mitchem was an employee at that Par-Mar when transactions took place, according to the criminal complaints.


UPDATE: (5 P.M. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022) – The Charleston Police Department says an injunction has been filed to shut down a gas station where a search warrant related to drug activity took place this afternoon.

Police say the injunction was filed in a Kanawha County Circuit Court to shut down Amoco Gas Station on Washington Street East near Ruffner Avenue. This comes after police say 20 people were identified as possible suspects in connection to drug activity and drug dealing happening openly in the middle of the day in the parking lot.

Authorities have not released the suspects’ names at this time.

Neighbors and officials tell WOWK 13 News the area has been a problem for a while and the problem has only gotten worse over the years, with a “substantial amount” of narcotics coming from the gas station’s parking lot.

Authorities post a notice to close the Amoco gas station on Washington Street East in Charleston, West Virginia. Nov. 29, 2022 (Photo Credit: WOWK 13 News Reporter Lane Ball)

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — A search warrant related to drug activity is happening at a gas station on Charleston’s East End.

That is according to Charleston Police who tell 13 News that several people have been detained at the Amoco Gas Station on Washington Street East near Ruffner Avenue.

“The complaint was there was drug dealing on the parking lot – openly dealing, drinking things like that,” said Tony Hazelett, Charleston Police Department Investigative Services Bureau Chief. “Our special enforcement division took the investigation, and once they took the investigation they realized there was a lot of narcotics being sold there on the parking lot. And so the unit investigation was able to target 20 people.”13 News has a crew at the scene and is working to get more information.

Police activity during a search warrant at the Amoco gas station on Charleston’s East End (Photo Credit: WOWK 13 News Anchor Merrily McAuliffe)

We have also reached out to the company that owns the gas station. A spokesperson for Par Mar tells 13 News they have no comment at this time.

Keep checking the 13 News App for updates.