EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSThree People Arrested After Drug Raid In St. Albans
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Reported by: Kallie Cart
Reported: Jun. 6, 2014 12:21 AM EDT
Updated: Jun. 6, 2014 9:34 PM EDT
St. Albans , Kanawha County , West Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Taisha Walker) -- Three people will spend their second night in jail after a police raid of a home in St. Albans.
St. Albans police raided Clarence Basham's Grant Avenue home Thursday night for drugs. A month-long investigation sparked by tips, lead police to the home, one they've visited many times before.
"We've had two other arrests there on two other occasions and this will be the third," said Capt. James Agee, with the St. Albans Police Department.
Clarence wasn't the one in trouble. His son Timothy Basham, Shawn Harmon and Jessica Harmon were. They were all hauled off in handcuffs after Capt. Agee said they found small amounts of opana pills inside the home. Clarence says he knew his son used drugs but didn't consider him an addict.
"He would say somebody wanted an opana and he'd say he'd checks around and say I know where to get one and I'll take you to get it if you give me a quarter of it," said Timothy Basham. "And they'll give him a quarter of the pill."
Neighborhood watch activist Joseph Higginbotham is also familiar with Timothy's prior drug use. He says he wants to see Timothy put out of business for good.
"For me this is not about penalties or punishments," Higginbotham said. "It's not even about justice. We want someone to put him out of business and what that means is we want to see some sort of sentence that will make it virtually impossible for him to continue to see drugs."
Clarence said he wants his son to go before a judge so they can sentence him to a year-long rehabilitation center in hopes of turning him into a productive citizen, rather than just spending time in a prison cell.
This is not Basham's first run-in with the law. He had recently been arrested on felony drug charges but his case was dropped by the Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office.
Three people were arrested after police said they made a drug bust at a notorious problem spot in St. Albans.
Police arrested Timothy Basham, Shawn Harmon and Jessica Harmon during a raid at Basham's home on Grant Avenue.
Police say a confidential informant bought pills from the three.
Shawn Harmon allegedly told officers he was Basham's supplier.
Basham had previously been arrested on felony drug charges, but that case was dropped by the Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office.
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