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Search of home yields drugs, two arrests

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 11:43 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Crack cocaine, marijuana, two sets of scales and some cash were found Thursday during a search of a home in the 1300 block of 10th Avenue in Huntington.

According a release from the Huntington Police Department, the Special Emphasis Unit had been investigating drug activity in the area following 18 calls to the drug and crime tip line.

"Detectives performed surveillance on the residence and were able to gather specific intelligence that established probable cause for a search warrant," the release stated.

The SWAT team helped gain entry, while a police dog was deployed to help locate drugs.

Two people were arrested and charged with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Arrested were Amanda Paige Gordon, 24, and James Monroe Washington, 41. Washington was charged with two felony bench warrants from an indictment through Cabell Circuit Court, along with felony counts for possession with intent to deliver and delivery of a controlled substance.

Gordon was charged with a felony count of possession with intent to deliver, along with a misdemeanor count of destruction of property. Bond was denied pending arraignment.

Seven other people were detained at the scene but released.

A nuisance letter will be mailed to the property owner to inform him or her of the illegal activity and to ensure compliance with the City Ordinance for Nuisance Property. Due to the unsanitary living conditions, a complaint was forwarded to the Huntington Code Enforcement office for follow-up investigation and a compliance check.

Capt. Rocky Johnson said these arrests, along with several others in recent months, have come to fruition because members of the public have been leaving information on the drug and tip line. Anyone with information regarding drug or criminal activity are encouraged to call the line at 304-696-4444.

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