UPDATE: Three Arrested in Cabell Motel Room Raid

By: WSAZ News Staff, Dan Griffin Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, Dan Griffin Email

UPDATE 4/3/14 @ 5:48 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police say a heroin bust in Cabell County has put a well-known drug dealer from Detroit back behind bars.

Investigators said it's taken time and a lot of undercover work with agencies including U.S. Marshals. They also said the suspect has been in and out of jail and was involved in a Huntington drug bust last December.

The suspect is Christopher Lamar Shawn Harris, 27. Officials said he also goes by "C" or "Caesar".

"Being at the wrong place at the wrong time, you know what I'm saying, whatever," Harris told wsaz.com.

Police said Harris, his 19-year-old girlfriend, Arius Dobson, and Charles Boling of Huntington, were all arrested as part of a heroin bust.

It happened Wednesday at a motel on U.S. 60 in Cabell County.

"192 grams of what we believe is heroin, a few thousand dollars in cash, all their packing equipment, scales, sifts, baggies," said U.S. Marshal, John Lajeunesse.

Police said Harris' operation stretches from Huntington to Charleston.

He was arrested as part of an $80,000 heroin bust in Huntington last December.

After posting bond, police said he went home.

"I keep my head high, what up Detroit," said Harris.

"At that point in time, his state charges were being rolled over to federal charges, that got pushed to a federal complaint," said Lajeunesse.

Since then, investigators have been tracking the heroin transactions.

"Every five minutes, every 20 minutes," said Lajeunesse.

U.S. Marshals said Harris was indicted on federal drug charges in February and then returned to Huntington.

"By the time we get on him, start hitting some of his drug houses, mainly west end, he gets out of dodge," said Lajeunesse.

Investigators said he was arrested a few weeks ago near Toledo, Ohio, carrying $27,000 in cash.

He made bond again.

"A week or so later, hey, Caesar's back in town, slinging dope again," said Lajeunesse.

But this time, he was back in jail and U.S. Marshals expect him to stay there.

Harris' bond was set at $300,000 full cash bond.

He faced two felony drug charges.

Harris was scheduled to be in court April 10 for a preliminary hearing.

ORIGINAL STORY 4/3/14 @ 1:39 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from Detroit is behind bars after being busted on heroin charges at a motel on Route 60 Wednesday evening.

The same man was also arrested in major drug bust in West Huntington on December 31.

The US Marshals says they got a tip that Christopher LaMarr Shawn Harris, AKA "C", 27, of Detroit, was at the motel near the 29th Street Exit of I-64 in Barboursville.

Investigators with the West Virginia State Police, Cabell County Sheriff's Office, Huntington Police, and Barboursville Police assisted the US Marshals CUFFED Task Force and searched Harris' room at the motel after investigators watched another man make two drug transactions at a fast food restaurant near the motel.

Inside the motel room, investigators say they found 192 grams of heroin in the safe, $3000 in cash, scales and multiple phones. They also found items used for packaging of narcotics, such as baggies, tools such as a metal mallet used for crushing heroin, mesh strainer and a plate.

Harris was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy to deliver.

"He's obviously a danger to the community," US Marshal John Lejeunesse told WSAZ.com.

Charles "Chuckie" Boling, 28, of Huntington, who is described by police as Harris' drug mule, was also arrested. Boling was charged with two counts of deliver of a controlled substance, and conspiracy.

According to the criminal complaint, Boling admitted that Harris was in control of the heroin and sent Boling to sell heroin at the fast food restaurant. Boling also admitted that he had been selling drugs for Harris for about two months.

Airus Dobson, 19, and Harris' girlfriend, was arrested and charged with conspiracy.

Dobson admitted that she was aware of Harris selling heroin from the motel and that he had been distributing to several surrounding counties, including Kanawha County.

During Harris' arraignment on Wednesday his bond was set at $300,000 full cash only.

This is not the first run in that investigators in the area have had with Harris. Harris was busted in December 2013 on Jefferson Avenue with $80,000 worth of heroin and $12,000 in cash.

US Marshals tell WSAZ.com that they have been trying to track down Harris for months. After his arrest in Huntington, he was released on $10,000 cash bond, and then went back to Detroit. Lajeunesse tells WSAZ.com his state charges rolled over to federal charges.

Harris was arrested last month on those federal charges in Toledo, Ohio, where investigators said he had $27,000 in cash on him. After that arrest, he also bonded out on $10,000 cash.

Lajeunesse tells WSAZ.com he is happy with the bond set for this arrest. "By this round, he's probably realized he put his hand in the cookie jar one too many times."

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