HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Huntington Police Chief Jim Johnson said the 11 o’clock bus to Detroit was sold out Tuesday morning as police officers were conducting Operation: River to Jail.

Johnson said the sweep, which netted 22 arrests, was about street level drugs.

“A lot of satisfaction today for the officers,” Johnson said during an afternoon news conference.

The sweep is part of a new more aggressive effort announced last month by Huntington Mayor Steve Williams and backed by a $500,000 allocation from city council.

Police obtained 63 arrest warrants and more than four dozen Huntington police officers participated along with federal authorities.

Chief Johnson said Tuesday’s sweep was just the start.

“This effort was only the initial stage. It will be relentless. It is not going to stop. You’re going to see a difference,” he promised.

Part of the Mayor Williams’ plan is to hire 10 additional police officers.

Police seized heroin, pills, marijuana and cash as part of Tuesday’s efforts.

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Comments

  • Roger

    Thats a good idea, round 'em up and ship them back to Detroit. Unfortunately they will just come back in a few days when they think the heat is off. There just like vultures on a dead sheep carcass, they'll keep coming back as long as they can make their dope deals...

  • John

    Hard time labor on the old chain gang! Thats the way the punishment should be, but wait, that would violate their constitutional rights, according to the bleeding heart liberals like the ACLU. This country has gotten far too lenient on the punishment for violating the laws, and the outlaws know it. You are welcome to disagree with me, but I will not change my way of thinking.

  • John

    Hard time labor on the old chain gang! Thats the way the punishment should be, but wait, that would violate their constitutional rights, according to the bleeding hear liberals like the ACLU. This country has gotten far too lenient on the punishment for violating the laws, and the outlaws know it. You are welcome to disagree with me, but I will not change my way of thinking.

  • Dumb Liberals

    Driving it "out of sight - out of mind" only to have it raise its ugly head twice as bad it you don't play the game for keeps. From outward appearances it appears to be nothing more than a political stunt. Please prove us wrong, but I seriously doubt it.

  • Jason412

    " Huntington Police Chief Jim Johnson said the 11 o’clock bus to Detroit was sold out Tuesday morning"

    I bet if you checked the Detroit bus station yesterday, the bus going to Huntington was full as well, except it was full of people who don't actively have warrants in Huntington.

  • Junius

    The Vermin are scattering!

  • IRON HORSE

    GOOD JOB!! but finish what you have started harsh punishment make a good example of them!! if this drug war is ever to be stopped states need super harsh punishment. & don't stop till you win the war!!!

    • Jason412

      Michigan, and NY, both had life sentences for drug dealers for almost 30 years. It didn't work.

      • FungoJoe

        No, but a $2 bullet between the eyes will do the trick instantly.
        Punishment from liberals, which is mostly in the form of sanctions, rarely work.

  • William

    No bond, no bail, etc. Keep them locked up until their trial and convictions. I'm sure the taxpayers won't mind feeding them as long as they are sent to prison for a long time. Time for capital punishment to return for all drug felonies. Time to get serious. Congrats to this mayor for doing what others won't even talk about cause it doesn't put any money in their pockets.

    • Jason412

      To lock up the 63 people with warrants in Huntington for a year would be around 1.8 million dollars. 18 million for just this group over the next 10 years. If it stopped, or even significantly disrupted, drug distribution in the area I guess that wouldn't be such a bad price tag. But it wont stop drug trafficking into WV, so we're spending 2 million a year to slow down drug's for a week or two. As a taxpayer, I mind that.

  • Ron - from Morgantown

    Finally some leadership from an elected official . It's such a rarity these days . My only concern is that they head north to Detroit and not east to Charleston .

    • Wendy

      Where is the governor? Who know and who cares. He should be spearheading this type effort across the state. Drugs, prostitutes, theft, murder and like is rampant in every WV city. Please, please, if you want to be re-elected or remembered for making a difference, then follow this mayor's lead and do the same across the state. Now!

  • MOCO man

    I will have to agree with you PistolPete........if we would remove these thugs and druggies for good people would take notice real quick........

  • PistolPete

    Renee Now there's an original idea! I'm certain they'll stay in Detroit and won't bother us again! Harsh punishment to be sure!
    Bob. Why stop at chain gangs, tents? Rehabilitation? Really? The best idea I've heard lately is round em up like cattle and kill em! After all the best criminal is a dead criminal! Cheap!

  • bob

    If the judges don't keep them locked up how does this take hold? At $48.50 per inmate in the regional jails we need to look at Sheriff Joe in Arizona.

    He has brought back a chain gang, housing inmates outside in tent city, multiple things that have cut costs and rehabilitated.

  • the flying dutchman

    flush twice, its a long way to detroit.

  • Renee

    Round their butts up and ship them back home to Detroit!