UPDATE: Three Busted in Huntington Drug Raid


UPDATE 11/13/13 @ 4:15 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Lucinda Sneed is still shaken up by what she saw from her front porch Tuesday afternoon.

"It's scary," Sneed said. "You never know what's on your street."

What she saw was the Huntington Police Department's SWAT Special Emphasis Unit busting into a home at 417 Avondale Road.

"I was in the house and my husband and I heard a loud boom," Sneed said. "It was a flash grenade going into the house. Blew out the window. There were cops running around with their guns out. I didn't know what was going on."

Armed with a high-risk search warrant, Huntington Police busted into the home and arrested three suspects.

They arrested 33-year-old Demetrius Thomas, aka Epps, 31-year-old Loveil Wade, and 36-year-old Terry Epps. All three men listed the home as their residence.

Inside the home, police tell WSAZ.com they found three guns and distribution quantity of heroin and marijuana.

All three have been charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Investigators say it's all thanks to more than 50 tips from people throughout the community.

"This isn't a place that things like that happen," Sneed said. "You never see that here. It makes me feel good that we have neighbors that are looking out for us."



ORIGINAL STORY 11/13/13 @ 11:15 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A raid at a home in Huntington ends with three men arrested on drug charges.

It happened at 417 Avondale Road Tuesday afternoon.

Huntington Police arrested 33-year-old Demetrius Thomas, aka Epps, 31-year-old Loveil Wade, and 36-year-old Terry Epps. All three men listed the home as their residence.

According to the criminal complaint, members of the Huntington Violent Crimes Task Force found a distribution quantity of heroin, a large amount of cash and multiple firearms in the residence.

All three men are charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Demetrius Thomas, aka Epps, and Loveil Wade are also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. Police say both men had prior federal convictions for cocaine distribution.

All three men remain in the Western Regional Jail.


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