April 17, 2018

Manchin Statement on DOJ Drug Raid in Huntington

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement about the drug raids conducted by the Department of Justice and Huntington Police in Huntington, WV today.

“This morning the Department of Justice and Huntington Police conducted a series of drug raids in Huntington. These raids send a strong message to those who come to West Virginia with the intent of poisoning our people. Bringing an end to the opioid epidemic will require a multi-pronged approach and the work of federal, state and local officials and today’s raids are the work of that collaboration. I applaud U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Chris Evans, Federal Bureau of Investigation Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Nick Boshears, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special  Agent in Charge (SAC) Stuart Lowrey, Homeland Security Investigations Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Dave Abbate, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, Huntington Interim Police Chief Hank Dial, West Virginia State Police Captain Mike LaFauci, West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General James Hoyer, Cabell County Prosecuting Attorney Sean “Corky” Hammers, U.S. Marshal Michael Baylous, Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle, Wayne County Sheriff Rick Thompson, Marshall University Police Chief Jim Terry and AHIDTA State Director Kenny Burner and the 200 federal, state and local law enforcement officers who worked together to carry out today’s raids. I join the entire state of West Virginia in thanking these brave men and women for their willingness to carry out these dangerous raids in an effort to make our communities and state safer.”