HUNTINGTON - The Huntington Police Department arrested six people in three counter-drug operations in West Huntington Wednesday, according to a press release.
As part of its Overdose Initiative, the department's Patrol Bureau got a warrant to search a residence in the 700 block of 16th Street West and found a firearm, drug packing materials and meth. Johnny Lee Belcher Jr., 33, and Sherri Lynn Belcher, 32, both of Huntington, were arrested, according to the release.
During a frisk search, officers said they found on Johnny Lee Belcher Jr. a plastic baggie containing what appeared to be .1 of a gram of crystal meth and three "pieces of yellow paper folded up individually as bindles" with what officers believed to be heroin inside it, according to a criminal complaint. He also had $24 cash and a black cellphone.
When officers searched their bedroom, they found a black High Point .380 pistol with five rounds of ammunition in its magazine, four cellphones, plastic bagging materials, uncapped syringes and about 3 grams of what they believed to be heroin by the bed.
Johnny Lee Belcher Jr. was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. According to a criminal complaint, Sherri Lynn Belcher did not have anything on her, but she allegedly admitted to knowing about the drug activity. She was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony.
The Patrol Bureau also found plastic baggies, razor blades and two digital scales inside the residence, as well as uncapped syringes and the top to another digital scale, according to a criminal complaint. The Belcher residence's living conditions were deemed unsafe during the operation.
As the Patrol Bureau was at the Belcher residence, officers saw drug activity nearby and obtained a search warrant for a residence in the 1600 block of Madison Avenue, according to the release.
James Jamar Williams, 38, of Irvington, New Jersey, was allegedly armed and attempted to flee the residence when an officer identified himself as police, according to a criminal complaint.
Williams was arrested after a brief foot pursuit, and officers found two firearms and 16 grams of suspected heroin and 26 grams of crack cocaine on his person. He was charged with being a prohibited person in possession of firearms, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, fleeing and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Tracey Gibson, 62, allegedly "allowed James Williams and Cecil (Monroe) Bowman to store and distribute crack and heroin from his residence," according to criminal complaints. Witness statements also linked Gibson to selling crack with Bowman. Gibson and Bowman, 63, both of Huntington, were charged with conspiracy to commit a felony.
Officers stopped Paul Thomas Brown, 43, also of Huntington, after he exited the house where Williams, Gibson and Bowman were and found what was believed to be two bindles of heroin in his possession. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
According to booking records kept by the Western Regional Jail, Sherri Belcher was jailed at midnight Wednesday, and the rest were jailed at 4:05 p.m. Wednesday.
Johnny Lee Belcher Jr.'s bond was $100,000 cash-only, Sherri Lynn Belcher's bond was $55,000, Williams' bond was $65,000 cash-only, Gibson's bond was $50,000, Bowman's bond was $50,000 and Brown's bond was $55,000.
HPD's SWAT team also executed an unrelated warrant in the 800 block of 18th Street, according to the release. Crack cocaine, eight firearms, including two that were stolen, and $7,500 in cash were seized, the release said, noting a dog was also removed from the residence and arrests in that case are pending.
The following information was provided by criminal complaints from Cabell County Magistrate Court:
RECEIVING/TRANSFERRING STOLEN PROPERTY: A man allegedly stole two vehicles in Cabell County in July and August and used a checkbook in one of them to purchase items at a department store, according to a criminal complaint.
Nathan Jack Toler, 34, was arrested Thursday by the C.U.F.F.E.D Task Force, a collaboration between the U.S. Marshals Service and local West Virginia law enforcement agencies, and charged with two felony counts of receiving or transferring stolen property.
Toler allegedly parked a stolen 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the 5200 block of W.Va. 10 in Barboursville on July 24 and told a witness it was overheating. The car was reported stolen three days prior.
A man reported his green 1997 Jeep Wrangler stolen on Aug. 14, and his checkbook was inside the vehicle. Toler was also allegedly caught on video surveillance using the checkbook to buy $79.37 worth of items at a department store on U.S. 60 and leaving in the stolen vehicle.
Sgt. Dale Enoch of the Cabell County Sheriff's Department said the task force has been tracking Toler for a while. Toler also allegedly stole 30 antique guns and tried to pawn them off in Boyd County, Kentucky, as well as two more vehicles. Agents are still assessing the value of the guns, Enoch said.
Toler was booked noon Thursday at the Western Regional Jail, and bond was $50,000 cash-only.
The following information was provided by reports from the Huntington Police Department:
The Huntington Police Department listed 13 new incident reports in the 24-hour period ending at 3 p.m. Thursday, according to a printout released by the department. However, the individual police reports were not made available, so these are the only known details:
First-degree arson, 1:29 a.m. Thursday, 400 block of 5th Street.
Petit larceny, 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, 100 block of Bridge Street, Guyandotte.
Counterfeiting, 2:16 p.m. Wednesday, 1500 block of Madison Avenue.
Warrant execution, 7:48 p.m. Wednesday, intersection of Van Buren Avenue and West 12th Street.
Warrant execution, 7:26 p.m. Wednesday, intersection of West 8th Street and Madison Avenue.
Automobile theft, 10 p.m. Tuesday, 2200 block of Adams Avenue.
Breaking and entering automobile, 10 p.m. Tuesday, 1000 block of 26th Street.
Breaking and entering, misdemeanor destruction of property, 3 p.m. Tuesday, 800 block of 6th Avenue.
Warrant execution, overdose, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1400 block of Jackson Avenue.
Possession of a controlled substance, 3:58 a.m. Wednesday, 200 block of Washington Avenue.
Trespassing, 9:18 p.m. Tuesday, 700 block of 6th Avenue.
Missing person, 3:57 p.m. Tuesday.
Warrant execution, 11:58 p.m. Tuesday, 1500 block of 17th Street.
The following information was provided by booking records at the Western Regional Jail:
Kevin Boyd Graley, 45, was booked at 12:50 a.m. Thursday. Authorities in Mason County charged him with causing bodily injury to emergency personnel. Bond was not set.
Charles Kenneth Moser, 32, was jailed at 1:20 p.m. Thursday. Authorities in Wayne County charged him with grand larceny. Bond was $10,000.
Vanessa Moser was jailed at 1:20 p.m. Thursday. Authorities in Wayne County charged her with grand larceny. Bond was $10,000.
Leora Jane Porter, 35, was jailed at 3:10 p.m. Thursday. Authorities in Cabell County charged her with trespassing and two counts of grand larceny. Bond was $11,000.
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