Huntington Warrant Sweep Nets Nearly 10 More Arrests

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Nearly 10 people were arrested Friday in the ongoing "Operation: River to Jail" warrant sweep in Huntington, according to the Huntington Police Department.

Eight men and a woman were arrested on a variety of misdemeanor and felony charges, including breaking and entering, burglary, embezzlement and domestic battery.

One suspect also was arrested on an outstanding federal warrant.

Huntington Police started the initiative Aug. 5 with a warrant sweep that targeted drug crimes. The intent of “Operation: River to Jail” is to combat drug trafficking and other crimes that are often associated with the activity.

“The name of this operation is just as it suggests. If you cross the Ohio River and come to Huntington to engage in illegal activity, you’re going to jail,” Interim Huntington Police Chief Jim Johnson said. “This aggressive strategy will continue for as long as it is needed.”

Funding for the new strategy was proposed by Mayor Steve Williams and approved by Huntington City Council on July 24. It also involves hiring 10 new Huntington Police officers later this fiscal year.

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