Tips Lead to Three Arrests in Huntington Drug Bust


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three people were arrested in a drug bust, and it's all because of tips to police.

Investigators are calling the bust a perfect example of how a neighborhood watch should work.

For people in the Highlawn neighborhood, the bust is just one of many they said it will take to turn things around.

Linda Blough knows Huntington's Highlawn area well. She lives there and spearheads the neighborhood association.

She'll also be the first to tell you she's fed up with drug dealers moving in.

"Any drug bust is a good drug bust," Blough said.

On Thursday, police busted a home along Miller Street.

Inside, the Huntington Police Special Emphasis Unit and Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force found hydrocodone pills, about $2,000 cash, scales and other drug-related items.

"A lot of traffic, anybody can tell you that, there's traffic, different license plates, sometimes from different states, different surrounding states, even far away states, Michigan," Blough said.

Officers arrested Asia Janae Russell, who lived in the home, on drug charges.

They also arrested two men from Detroit, including Bryant Holloway on drug charges of his own and Kenneth Alexander on an outstanding felony warrant.

"They're in it for the money, and that's what they're about," Blough said.

Police said the key to this operation was neighbors sending tips and information, raising a red flag.

Investigators have been working this case since April.

"We want to keep this neighborhood safe and have people able to walk to the park without any kind of concern," said one neighbor.

Though this bust was a success, neighbors on Miller Street were hesitant to be on-camera, fearing retaliation.

But they said they won't stop reporting what they see.

"Hopefully this sends a message that neighbors will work to get rid of you, so you need to move on," Blough said.

Another problem neighbors raised is landlords not checking out tenants before renting.

Police said that is a problem for some, though they're not connecting that to this case in particular.

Huntington Police also tell WSAZ.com, the people who lived in the home could be facing eviction.

If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, Huntington Police ask you to call them with information about the people involved, license plates and types of cars.


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