by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Chief Johnson
Chief Johnson

A man was arrested Sept. 15 in Huntington on felony drug charges following a traffic stop. And, Police Chief Jim Johnson pledges the River to Jail arrests will continue mounting.

Members of the Huntington Police Department, Alcohol Tobacco , Firearms and Explosives  and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency   conducted the traffic stop on Hal Greer Boulevard in Huntington. Officers conducted a search of the vehicle which had been stopped at Hal Greer Blvd.  and found more than 50 grams of crack cocaine and a 9 mm pistol, according to a press release.

Reginald Weems was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Weems also is wanted in Atlanta for drug trafficking and assaulting a female. He has seven prior felony arrests including armed robbery, possession of firearms and drug trafficking.

Johnson explained that a "revival" of "crack cocaine" distribution is taking place in Huntington (and throughout the United States). Both crack cocaine and heroin use lead to an increase in violent crime and property crimes, Johnson said.

Heroin users often steal and rob to gain  access to funds for their addiction. As for crack cocaine, "the drug itself incites violence,"which results in violent crimes.

Chief Johnson expressed thanks for public input which is spearheading River to Jail, as residents affirm , we don't want drugs in our neighborhoods. The HPD Tip Line is 696-4444.

In earlier interviews, Johnson thanked the Williams administration,  council, and the prosecutor's office (which has been on board since the start)  for support.  More agencies and elected officials need to step forward, particularly on the state level.

"Huntington can't do it alone," the chief underscored.