Lewis officers seize heroin, pills in bust

CLARKSBURG – Officers seized heroin and pills during a drug bust in Clarksburg Tuesday evening that was triggered by an undercover drug sting in Lewis County Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Officers from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department conducted the undercover drug buy and bust in Jane Lew Tuesday, police said. According to Lewis County Sheriff Adam Gissy, an undercover officer purchased heroin from Kacie Ranae Lauderdale in the parking lot of a convenience store.

During their investigation, Lewis County deputies learned the heroin had allegedly been purchased from a house on Charleston Avenue in Clarksburg. They notified the Harrison County Street Crime and Drug Unit (SCAD) who were able to obtain a search warrant for the address.

With assistance from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department and the Salem Police Department’s K-9 unit, officers executed the warrant and located approximately 5 grams of raw heroin, 225 Oxycodone (percocet) pain pills, 448 Hydrocodone pain pill and 105 xanax pills. The estimated street value of the seized heroin and pills is approximately $16,000, police said.

Arrested at the Charleston Avenue residence were Emmitt R. Richardson aka “Jimmy Cool,” and Danielle Hulley. Richardson is 41 years old and is from Detroit, Mich. Hulley is 29 years old and lives at the residence.

“Oftentimes it appears that law enforcement is just getting ‘the little guys’ for peddling drugs. However, the multijurisdictional operation that was conducted by law enforcement personnel proves that ‘street level’ operations can and has lead us to the major drug distributors,” Gissy said.

“I have understood for some time that the accused, ‘Jimmy Cool,’ was one of the bigger players in the drug world within our region. A bust of this magnitude will unquestionably put a dent in the illegal drug industry,” Gissy said.

Richardson was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute Hydrocodone, possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone, possession with intent to distribute Xanax, delivery of heroin, conspiracy to deliver heroin, and four counts of interstate transportation of controlled substances with intent to distribute. All the charges are felonies.

Danielle Hulley was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute Tramadol and conspiracy to distribute heroin, all felony charges.

Both Richardson and Hulley were transported to the North Central Regional Jail to await arraignment by a Harrison County magistrate.