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Spike in crack cocaine use in Huntington, WV

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HUNTINGTON, WV -

The Huntington Police Department is seeing a sudden spike in the use and trafficking of crack cocaine throughout the city.

Police say the Special Investigations Bureau has confiscated about 680 grams of crack cocaine, which is about 1 1/2 pounds, this year. That’s more than the 428 grams they seized all of last year.

“We’ve started to see a resurgence of crack cocaine coming back in,” said Captain Hank Dial of the Huntington Police Department.

Popular in the late 1990s, the drug is now selling for cheap. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said the majority of the crack is coming from big cities, specifically Columbus.

“Let’s face it these drug dealers are business people as well,” the mayor said. “And they see there’s a market and [say] let’s go in and exploit it.”

According to a report released last Monday, the number of stash houses keeps growing and the department is averaging about two house raids a week.

“As soon as we think we are taking some steps then we find that there are other houses,” said Williams.