EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSThree Arrested In Charleston Drug Bust
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Reported by: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Aug. 4, 2013 7:06 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 7, 2013 5:06 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A call for an injured person turned into a surprise drug bust Saturday night on Charleston's West Side.
It did not take police long to figure out no one was injured along Simms Street, but they said they saw some suspicious activity.
Their instincts proved right, with a big drug bust landing three people in jail.
Neighbors along the street said they were relieved, as Charleston police now have another drug bust under their belt.
But the situation still has many too scared to show their face.
"We came out on the porch and, next thing you know, there's, like, seven cop cars and cops everywhere running," a neighbor said.
Stephen Belcher, 41, now faces drug charges, but it was a fluke he was even arrested, since police did not have any reason from their initial call to suspect drug activity.
“When they arrived, there was no one there who appeared to be injured, but there were some suspicious activities that appeared to be going on," Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper said.
Police then set up surveillance. They said Belcher tried to make a run for it, but they caught up to him.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, a suspect also arrested in the case, Glen Hughes, 29, told police that he bought drugs from Belcher on multiple occasions over the past two months.
And if that heroin arrest wasn't enough, as police continued investigating the situation, they said they found more drugs.
Police said Belcher was selling the heroin to Hughes, who they said was found inside a mobile meth lab.
Police also arrested the driver of the car, Charity Lycans, 43, on drug charges.
Between heroin and meth, those in the neighborhood said their feeling of safety is gone.
"It's kind of scary in a way,” a neighbor said. “I have a son, and sometimes I'll bring my son. He was over here yesterday. I don't want him to see that or be in that environment, because that's dangerous, because you never know what could happen."
Police said they are going to keep at it, getting more drugs off the street, to keep the community safe.
In addition to his heroin arrest, Belcher was wanted out of Putnam County for allegedly soliciting a minor online. He was taken to the South Central Regional Jail.
Lycans and Hughes were also taken to the jail with a $25,000 bond each.
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