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Two arrested in large drug seizure

Jul. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Huntington Police Department says this week's arrest of two drug suspects netted a significant seizure of marijuana, pills and heroin.

A search of a residence at 3008 Rear 3rd Avenue yielded $18,000 cash, 3.75 pounds of heroin, 2 pounds of marijuana and more than 600 pills, which included 545 oxycodone pills and 73 oxymorphone pills, the department said.

Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook called it a record seizure with subsequent arrests, according to a press release issued midday Wednesday.

"(They) represent a major disruption and blow to a large-scale heroin distribution network," he said in the prepared release. "However, it also underscores the significant heroin- and opiate-related abuse problem that is plaguing Huntington and the entire region."

Arrested were Alvester Lee Thomas, 33, of Detroit, and Kristin Michelle Graley, 31, of Huntington, according to Holbrook's release and jail records reported Tuesday.

Holbrook's release states the raid was the product of an ongoing investigation into high-level heroin and pill traffickers. The drugs are being transported from Detroit and into the Tri-State for distribution.

Thomas was charged with three counts of felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, along with a single count of misdemeanor driving on a suspended/revoked license, according to the release and jail records.

Graley was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and a misdemeanor count of drug possession, according to the release and jail records.

Holbrook said additional arrests are anticipated.

The investigation was led by the FBI's Huntington Violent Crime Drug Task Force. Its members include the FBI, Huntington Police Department, Cabell County Sheriff's Office, Barboursville Police and the West Virginia State Police.

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