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Police arrest 21 in city prostitution, drug bust

Sep. 06, 2012 @ 11:50 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The Huntington Police Department arrested 21 people after executing two search warrants related to a street level drug investigation Thursday.

The department's Special Emphasis Unit began conducting undercover operations in areas of Huntington where the department had received complaints of prostitution activity in January, Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook said in a press release.

The operation consisted of undercover operatives making narcotics purchases and soliciting prostitution cases from those engaged in the activity.

Officers obtained arrest warrants for 40 individuals with charges including soliciting prostitution, delivery of an imitation controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance at the residence located at 1029 Monroe Avenue.

At 7:30 a.m. Thursday, officers executed the warrants at 810 19th Street and at the Monroe Avenue residence.

While at the 19th Street residence, officers seized a small amount of crack cocaine, imitation crack cocaine, scales and other packaging material and drug paraphernalia.

The residence along Monroe Avenue was found to be in deplorable sanitary conditions unsuitable for living. Cabell County Health Department officials posted a "Do Not Occupy" notice at the residence before it was secured.

As of 3 p.m. officers had arrested 21 people, and more arrests are expected.

Those arrested are Amanda Gordon, Tyrone Reed, Courtney Webb, Kathleen Breeding, Amy Stamper, Josh Howard, Tina Adkins, Bridgette Sizemore, Angel Music, Terence Jones, Perdita Fitisemanu, Angella Williamson (Bryant), Richard Tyler, Bobby Trout Sr., Billie Jo Stevenson, David Thacker, Tiffany Bailey, Brooke Sullivan (Winters), Kristen Prichard, Larry Webb and Ronald Scott.