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Officers find heroin while searching home in West End, no arrests made

Apr. 03, 2013 @ 11:24 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Authorities seized "a quantity" of heroin during the execution of a search warrant at a West End duplex Wednesday afternoon, according to Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook.

Authorities had received multiple complaints from people living near the residence in the 2200 block of Washington Avenue regarding possible drug activity in recent months, said Holbrook, and the Huntington Police Department initiated a joint investigation with the D.E.A. and U.S. Postal Inspectors earlier this week, which led to the execution of the warrant Wednesday.

Holbrook said no arrests were made following the search, but he said investigators spoke with several people at the scene. He described the search as part of an ongoing investigation.

Central City Elementary was placed on lockdown Wednesday while officers conducted the search. Both Holbrook and Cabell County Schools spokesman Jedd Flowers described it as a precautionary measure.

Holbrook said the lockdown lasted about 15 minutes while authorities cleared the residence.

He said while no arrests have been made in this case yet, tips provided from the public have been very beneficial during this investigation.

"It's a great example of how important it is for citizens to be our eyes and ears and provide information to officers," said Holbrook. "It should reinforce to the public that we take all tips and complaints seriously, and we investigate them and follow up on them. This search is a direct result of that."