River to Jail Adds Three Arrests; Hal Greer Vicinity Under Proactive Watch

Updated 5 years ago by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
River to Jail Adds Three Arrests; Hal Greer Vicinity Under Proactive Watch
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“We’re working together for success,” Huntington Police Chief Jim Johnson said, following the three latest arrests in the River to Jail initiative.

 The Huntington Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau and Special Emphasis Unit  initiated increased enforcement activity along the Hal Greer Boulevard corridor. Johnson indicated they plan to proactively prevent this area from becoming a hot spot, such as the Sunoco station at 20th Street and 9th Avenue, which was eventually demolished.

Surveillance Thursday night, October 2,  led to the arrests of three individuals in the vicinity of Hal Greer Boulevard and Charleston Avenue:

* Antoine D. Watson, 31, of Detroit, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine) with intent to deliver.

* Solomon Rashad Wilburn, 35, of Huntington, was charged with possession of a controlled substance (heroin and crack cocaine), a misdemeanor.

* Joshua Howard, 39, of Huntington, was charged with trespassing, a misdemeanor.

Bond was set at $110,000, cash only, for Antoine D. Watson. During these arrests, distribution amounts of crack cocaine and heroin were recovered, along with cash and drug paraphernalia.

“ Council gave us everything we needed, except a reason to fail,”  Johnson said,

He has praised  members of what he termed the  nation’s best police department, and the law enforcement agency’s partners such as the Cabell County Prosecutor’s Office ,  Cabell County Sheriff’s Office along with state and federal agencies for their ongoing support.

River to Jail has led to calls from other cities asking for guidelines on establishing their own initiatives to remove drug dealers and users from their communities.

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