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Huntington mayor tells drug dealers to get out

Herald-Dispatch photo by Sholten Singer Officers move on a local business as the Huntington Police Department's Special Investigations Bureau conducts a citywide warrant sweep in Huntington.
Herald-Dispatch photo by Sholten Singer
Officers move on a local business as the Huntington Police Department’s Special Investigations Bureau conducts a citywide warrant sweep in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Mayor Steve Williams has a clear message for drug dealers: get out of town or get arrested.

“If you’re dealing drugs in this town, we don’t want you here,” he said. “If you’re from out of town, go back to where you belong. This is not where you need to be. If you stay, we’re going to get you … We’re going to do everything within our power to rain Hades down upon you.”

Williams made the comments Tuesday during a press conference at the Huntington Police Department where Police Chief Jim Johnson announced 22 arrests in one day as part of a citywide warrant sweep dubbed Operation River to Jail.

The effort involved participation from more than 50 Huntington Police officers, as well as the Huntington Violent Crime Federal Drug Task Force, Ohio Highway Patrol and the West Virginia Air National Guard.

The sweep netted 25 arrests by the end of the day, seven of which were for misdemeanor crimes.

Three suspects were arrested on federal warrants and 16 were arrested on state warrants.

One of the suspects arrested is related to last week’s shooting on 23rd Street. Authorities would not name the suspect as he has not been charged in connection to the incident, which left two injured.

The arrests were only a fraction of the 63 drug and violent crime suspects the police department’s Special Investigations Bureau is targeting with arrest warrants…

 

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