Police: Drug Suspects Target Kids

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ-TV) -- Residents on Ferguson Street in Ashland say not much goes on in their normally quiet neighborhood.

But on Thursday night, that peacefulness was turned upside down by the sight of sheriff's cruisers swarming the area. It was all due to a house along the street that's the target of a drug investigation.

"We'd received information that they were selling (drugs) to underage kids as well as adults," Sgt. Robert Donta with the Boyd County Sheriff's Department said. "We went to do surveillance at the house and saw several kids stay about 30 seconds and be in and out."

Investigators say the alleged drug dealers inside were targeting students at nearby schools, trying to get them to buy marijuana.

"[Residents] said the heaviest traffic was before school, around lunch time at school and it got even worse right after school," Sgt. Donta said.

On Thursday, deputies decided to check it out, and quickly made their move.

"They called and within four hours we had a search warrant and were kicking the door in," Sgt. Donta said.

Once inside, police say they found several ounces of marijuana and a large amoung of cash. Deputies arrested 20-year-old Akeem Webb and 21-year-old Ryan Peters. Both are from Huntington, and both now face several charges, including possessing and trafficking marijuana.

Mike Seagraves lives down the street from where the bust happened. He says drug activity like this happens far too often. He and his family have now installed security cameras as an extra precaution.

"it doesn't surprise me a bit that its so close to home," Seagraves said. "We're within 2 miles of three schools. It's bad when they're selling it to the kids and all that."

Police say this is a warning to any drug dealers in the area, no matter what they may be pushing.

"We have a saying in our department: not in our county," Sgt. Donta said. "We're going to go after them no matter what they're selling. Marijuana, crack cocaine, we're going to go after them the same way, every time. Especially if they're selling to kids in our community."

Both suspects were taken to the Boyd County Detention Center.

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