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Saint Albans Home Raided; Man Arrested for Drugs Again


SAINT ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A suspected drug dealer in Saint Albans is behind bars again. This time, police are hoping the charges stick.

Timothy Basham was arrested previously for selling drugs, but last month, the Saint Albans Police Department found out the charges were dropped.

The Kanawha County Prosecutors Office failed to submit evidence or respond to the court in a timely manner.

"It's frustrating in the sense that when you know you did everything right, everyone says you did everything right and yet it still happens," St. Albans Police Capt. James Agee said.

Despite their hard work being thrown out, the police department didn't give up. On Thursday, Basham was arrested again, along with Jessica Harmon and Shawn Harmon. All three are charged with possession with intent to deliver Opana.

Basham and his home at 2246 Grant Ave. in Saint Albans have become familiar to police.

"Myself and other officers that have been here that long have been dealing with criminal activity in and around that residence for our entire careers," Agee said. "It's been a focal point of criminal activity."

Since last month, they've been keeping a close eye on the neighborhood, specifically near Basham's home. Agee said he hopes to see this case to the end.

"The minute we stop communicating is when the whole thing breaks down, and the people who lose will be the citizens of Kanawha County, specifically the citizens of Saint Albans," he said.

Neighbors have had enough of the drugs and crime in the area.

Joseph Higginbotham, a Neighborhood Watch activist, said, "We still have a lot of work to do. We need to get neighborhood watches formed all over town. We need to get people involved and reporting what they see and telling what they know."

The Kanawha County Prosecutors Office responded to questions about the charges filed Thursday.

Chief of Staff Dan Holstein said, "As a native of Saint Albans, I assure you that we will prosecute the case to the fullest extent of the law based on evidence."


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