Anonymous calls to crime tip line result in drug arrests

Updated 4 years ago by Brian Chambers, Director of Communications City of Huntington

HUNTINGTON – Three people have been arrested on felony drug charges as the result of a Huntington Police Department investigation that was initiated by numerous calls made to the department’s anonymous tip line.

The Police Department received numerous calls on the tip line concerning drug activity at 1110 Rear 21st St. The callers stated that there was an excessive amount of foot and vehicle traffic at the residence and gave specific information concerning the people, vehicle information and dates and times of most of the activity. Callers also said they witnessed hand-to-hand drug transactions and activities that are consistent with a drug house.


Based on the information collected, HPD Special Emphasis Unit detectives began surveillance of the residence and corroborated information supplied by the anonymous callers.


On Tuesday, Feb. 11, a patrol officer stopped a vehicle that frequented the address at 1110 Rear 21st St. The vehicle was reported stolen from Alabama. The driver, Gage S. Duncan, 19, of Tampa, Fla., was arrested for felony transferring and receiving stolen property. The passenger, Anthony J. Gaston, 23, of Detroit, was arrested for felony transferring and receiving stolen property, felony forgery of a public document and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and obstructing. He is also wanted in Detroit for drug trafficking charges. Officers recovered a small amount of marijuana and heroin from the vehicle.


Information obtained from the traffic stop allowed Special Emphasis Unit detectives to obtain a search warrant for 1110 Rear 21st St.. The HPD Swat Team entered the residence and secured the apartment. Detectives recovered distribution amounts of marijuana as well as guns, scales and materials used for packaging marijuana for sale.


Arrested at the scene were Arthur Canada of Huntington with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver; Clyde F. Chafin of Huntington with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance; and Mario Hardiman of Huntington with a misdemeanor capias warrant for possession of a controlled substance.


The landlord will be mailed a nuisance letter for corrective action.

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