3 Arrested After Heroin Bust in Harrison County


The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department’s Street Crimes and Drug Unit (SCAD), along with their K-9 Unit, arrested three people from Pennsylvania for distributing heroin on Saturday.

These arrests stemmed from an undercover operation in which an operative had made multiple controlled purchases of heroin from Chad Neal, also known as “C.J.”, 22, Jalisa Hawkins, 26, and Russel Spence, 21, also known as “Ricky”, in the Clarksburg and Bridgeport areas.

After selling heroin to an undercover operative, SCAD deputies, along with the sheriff’s department’s K-9 Officer Sgt. John Laulis, arrested the three suspects, who were in their rental car parked in the lot of Smoke Time Sam’s in the Stealey area of Clarksburg.

Hawkins, Spence, and Neal, all of Duquesne, Pa., are each charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and conspiracy to deliver heroin, both of which are felonies. Neal is also charged with delivery of heroin.

After the arrests, a K-9 dog checked the rental car for illegal narcotics. After getting a positive alert for drugs, SCAD deputies obtained a search warrant for the rental car.

As a result of the execution of the search warrant, SCAD Deputies located 81 stamps of heroin, approximately $2,800 in cash, and numerous cell phones inside the trio’s rental car.

“In this successful operation, the SCAD unit utilized their newest partner, K-9 ‘Rebbel’, in our battle to stop the flow of heroin into our communities. In the future, with Rebbel’s help, we expect to make more arrests like these,” said Chief Deputy Jeff McAtee.

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