UPDATE: Detroit Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Huntington

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 4/15/14 @ 10:50 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Dozens of calls to their tipline led Huntington Police to a house where they found drugs, a gun and a 5-month-old baby.

Now, a Detroit man is in jail.

Since last fall, police say they have been receiving complaints from concerned neighbors about possible drug activity at the home along Rotary Road.

“People were showing up, staying for a few minutes and then leaving, which is indicative of possibly hand-to-hand drug deals,” Huntington Police Capt. Rocky Johnson said.

Police were able to get an arrest warrant for Antonio Shadwick, 31, also known as “Eastside.” During surveillance Monday, investigators saw Shadwick leave the home. West Virginia State Police arrested him shortly after that during a traffic stop. When investigators searched the house, they found heroin, marijuana, several thousand dollars in cash, and a handgun.

A 17-year-old girl and a baby boy, Shadwick’s 5-month-old son, were also in the house. Both were turned over to the custody of their parents after Child Protective Services was called.

Shadwick is charged with felony delivery of a controlled substance and driving on a suspended license.

Johnson says federal charges could be filed in the case due to Shadwick's criminal record, which includes felony convictions and a warrant out of Detroit. He also says the sale of drugs within 500 feet of a school and in the presence of children are also factors.

“It's concerning, especially when you hear in other neighborhoods about drive-by shootings,” Michelle Tobey, who grew up in the neighborhood and still lives there, said. “That's the last thing that you want to happen is for a child to get injured because somebody is doing something they know they’re not supposed to be doing.”

Other neighbors told WSAZ.com they were paranoid and did not want to go on camera, but that they see drug deals on their street frequently and are sick of it.

Huntington Police say code enforcement officers will be contacted for follow-up investigation with the property owner because of unsanitary conditions inside the residence.

“When you go into these houses, you expect to find the guns and the dope and several people sitting around,” Johnson said. “We went in [Monday] night and there's a 5-month [old] child lying on the bed in there. The house reeked of marijuana where they'd been smoking dope.”

Huntington Police say if you notice suspicious activity in your neighborhood, you can call their tipline and give information anonymously. The number is (304) 696-4444.

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ORIGINAL STORY 4/15/14 @ 2:45 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Detroit man is behind bars after a drug bust in Huntington.

Huntington Police say they have received numerous calls the past few months about possible drug activity at a home on Rotary Road.

During that time, the Special Emphasis Unit conducted surveillance on the home and observed activity consistent with drug trafficking.

They were able to get an arrest warrant for Antonio Shadwick, aka "Eastside," 31, of Detroit.

While conducting surveillance Monday, investigators saw Shadwick leave the home.

West Virginia State Police then arrested him during a traffic stop a short time later.

When investigators searched the home, they found heroin, marijuana, several thousands of dollars in cash, and a handgun.

A 17-year-old female and 5-month-old were also in the residence. Both were turned over to the custody of their parents after Child Protective Services was contacted.

Shadwick is charged with felony delivery of a controlled substance and driving on a suspended license.

Huntington Police Captain Rocky Johnson says federal charges could be filed in the case, due to Shadwick's criminal record, which includes felony convictions. Capt. Johnson also says the sale of drugs within 500 feet of a school and in the presence of children are also factors.

More arrests could also be made. Huntington Police say code enforcement officers will be contacted for follow-up investigation with the property owner because of unsanitary conditions inside the residence.


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