Several high-profile heroin busts in Jefferson County during the past few days make it clear there's a heroin connection between Chicago and Jefferson County, and the Jefferson County Drug Task Force promises there will be more to come.
Several of the busts are connected to individuals from Chicago, according to a release from the task force.
Sunday afternoon, members of the task force along with officers from the Steubenville and Toronto police departments executed three search warrants, including at Apartment 6, 3267 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville. Officers on the scene recovered 20 grams of heroin, $4,000 in cash and a handgun during the raid. Kinlawyed Hendrix of Chicago was later arrested in Weirton and charged with a second degree felony for possession of heroin along with a weapons under disability charge, according to the release.
The second warrant served Sunday was at Apartment 2, 741 Kendall Ave., Steubenville, where officers recovered $1,800 in cash and drug paraphernalia. Charles Lofton, formerly of Chicago, was expected to be charged today with trafficking in heroin.
Also Sunday, the task force raided a residence at 1516 Madison Ave., Toronto, where police discovered $1,500 in cash, a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica and drug paraphernalia. Joseph Dennis, formerly of Chicago, also was expected to be charged today, stated the release.
An earlier arrest by the task force Thursday resulted in Calvin Bryant being charged with trafficking in drugs after police discovered 50 grams of heroin in his vehicle. Police later determined Bryant allegedly was transporting heroin to Jefferson County from the Chicago area, according to the press release.
The investigations into and subsequent drug busts were the result of several months of investigation involving the task force as well as state and federal law enforcement, according to the release. The task force was assisted by the Steubenville and Toronto police, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force and the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force.
"These arrests are the result of collaborative efforts between state and federal agencies, which is crucial to the successful investigation of drug traffickers in the heroin trade," said Jason Hanlin, detective for the Jefferson County Drug Task Force. "Pending charges will be presented to the Jefferson County prosecutor and the appropriate federal authorities. The investigation into the heroin trade in Jefferson County continues."