HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A major drug bust on a quiet Putnam County street Wednesday put five teenagers in trouble and left neighbors startled.
Police arrested Carlton Harrington, Dillon Dunlap, Katlin Casto, Kenneth Short and Michael White. They face felony charges and are accused of buying and selling marijuana.
State troopers say one of their own lives near an apartment on Putnam Avenue where the teens gathered. They say he spotted a drug transaction in progress.
"An off-duty trooper was at his house...he saw something suspicious and he approached them," Trooper Natalie Moncayo said.
Police say they searched a backpack on Harrington and found two bags of marijuana inside. They then searched the apartment and found more of the drug.
According to the criminal complaint, the teens had been smoking marijuana earlier at the Teays Valley Kroger and planned to drive to Huntington for a party that night.
“Obviously you will be in no condition to drive after consuming marijuana,” Trooper Moncayo said. “It’s also a concern that [people] so young are involved in the distribution of a controlled substance.”
Neighbors say they never expected the large bust in their own backyards but did notice odd activity in the apartment.
“There’s a lot of kids in and out, and you hardly ever saw any adults really,” said neighbor Laura Penn.
“It makes you a little cautious…you kind of watch out for things,” said Daynese Holstein, another neighbor.
Holstein says she’s lived in the neighborhood for 40 years but still makes sure to stay aware of her surroundings.
“Nowadays you have to realize that things like this are going to happen,” she said. “So we always watch what we’re doing.”