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UPDATE | Woman accused of using apartment as stash house

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Published: Jul. 3, 2019 at 5:57 PM EDT
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UPDATE 7/24/19 @ 6 p.m.

More than two months after the Huntington Violent Crime Drug Task Force raided a home on West 9th Avenue, a woman was arrested, accused of playing a role in a drug operation.

"It just shows you no neighborhood is safe from it," neighbor Brian Fleming said.

According to the criminal complaint, Alita Patterson paid rent for an apartment on the 300 block of West 9th Avenue, but not to live there.

Police say when they raided the apartment back on May 2, they found 122 grams of suspected heroin and a gun. They say Patterson had been paying rent since July of 2018. Investigators say she secured the apartment as a stash house for members of a drug trafficking organization.

Four men from Michigan were arrested earlier this month when police raided a couple other homes nearby.

"It's really scary," Fleming said. "There are a lot of kids around here."

Neighbors say it's unsettling to find out what the home was being used for.

"If you don't know who your next door neighbor is, that could be the one bringing in all the stuff right underneath your nose," neighbor Shirley Bowman said.

Patterson's bond was set at $100,000. She's being held at the Western Regional Jail.

Her address is listed as being on the east end of Huntington.

Police say the owner of the property would be getting a nuisance letter for the criminal activity.


ORIGINAL STORY 7/3/19

Four men from Michigan were arrested Thursday on drug charges after police raided two homes in West Huntington, the Huntington Police Department says.

The arrests happened in the 300 block of 9th Street West and the 900 block of Washington Avenue.

Police seized about 5 grams of suspected fentanyl, $7,000, a vehicle, a gun, a small amount of marijuana, multiple cell phones, scales and paraphernalia used to process and package drugs for sale. Police say both homes were working together to sell drugs.

These suspects face the following charges:

  • Steven Anthony McGee, also known as “Teddy Cain” and “Black,” of Harper Woods, Mich. One count of possession with intent to deliver drugs.
  • Robert Earl Cureton Jr. of Detroit. One count of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and one count of possession with intent to deliver drugs.
  • Paris Smith of Detroit. One count of possession with intent to deliver drugs.
  • Carlos Romero Wilder of Detroit. One count of possession with intent to deliver drugs, a felony.

The investigation involved members of the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force, the Huntington Police Department’s SWAT Team.

Investigators say a dog was recovered from one of the homes and taken by animal control officers. Police also say the properties are owned by the same person and nuisance letters will be issued for the criminal activity.

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