Huntington Police Make $80,000 Heroin Bust in West End

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three people are behind bars after a major heroin bust in Huntington.

Huntington Police executed a search warrant at an apartment in the 1400-block of Jefferson Avenue around 7 a.m. Tuesday, after receiving several tips about drug activity.

Inside the apartment, police say they found one pound of heroin, with a street value of about $80,000, packaging materials, scales and nearly $12,000 cash.

Captain Rocky Johnson said, "The amount of heroin seized in this investigation underscores the fact that heroin is and continues to be the most pressing drug issue facing our community."

Three people who were inside the apartment were arrested.

Christopher LaMarr Shawn Harris, 27, of Brownstown, Michigan, Denzell LaMar Bunkley, 21, of Detroit, Michigan, and Steven Edward Lewis, 27, of Detroit, Michigan, were all charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin.

A fourth man, Brandon S. Keaton, 28, of Huntington, is wanted in connection with the case. Police say he is wanted for delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin. Keaton is known to frequent the West End of Huntington, according to police.

Police say this bust is part of the River to Rail Initiative in Huntington's West End.

Mayor Steve Williams said, "This is another indication of the diligence of the Huntington Police Department and the partnerships they have established with federal and state law enforcement agencies to make Huntington a safer community."

West Virginia State Police troopers helped city police with the bust.

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