Drug Bust at Hotel Leads WVSP to House with Drugs, Guns and Stolen Property

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- What started as drug activity at a hotel led West Virginia State Police to a much bigger drug bust, resulting in a total of five people behind bars.

A search warrant at the Huntington Inn on Route 60 led troopers to a heroin bust where three people were arrested.

Demarco R. Bradberry, 37, of Detroit, was charged with possession with intent to deliver.

Daniel J. Earp, 24, of Huntington, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, concealed deadly weapon and shoplifting.

Katillia E. Martin, 22, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and shoplifting.

However, it didn't stop there.

"You follow the drugs, you try to get the dealers, and things spring off it, whether it be money, drugs, property," WVSP Sgt. Greg Losh said. "It's all connected and it's a shame."

In a house along Norway Avenue, troopers found $25,000 worth of stolen property plus four cars and two motorcycles.

They also found drugs, guns and thousands of dollars in cash.

Two people who live at the home were arrested.

James A. Martin, 32, and Jennifer M. Wipple, 27, have been charged with receiving and transferring stolen property and conspiracy. Martin also faces additional charges.

Troopers say it all goes back to drugs, and selling items to get money for them. They say it was obvious the items were stolen.

"Brand new items; when you have ten TVs, and all the things in boxes and tags on it -- it just wasn't what a normal prudent person would see in one's residence," Losh said. "Then you uncover approximately a pound of marijuana, large amounts of cash, guns, and you just put the pieces together."

Losh tells WSAZ.com this is all connected to countless crimes in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.

West Virginia State Police are asking the public and other law enforcement agencies to give them a call at their Huntington detachment if they are investigating any crimes in which these suspects may be persons of interest.

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