Huntington Police arrest Akron man believed to be large supplier of drugs

April 17, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Police have arrested an Ohio man who they said was a high-level target of the newly formed Huntington Violent Crime-Drug Task Force, suspected of supplying a large amount of drugs to the area.

Tyson Davis Sr., aka “Big Tye,” 40, of Akron, was charged with two counts of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and two counts of possession of drugs with intent to deliver.

Members of the Huntington Violent Crime-Drug Task Force, together with the Huntington Police Department’s SWAT Team, served a drug-related search warrant Wednesday morning at 1100 Rear 9th Ave.

During the search of the apartment, detectives recovered more than 100 grams of suspected fentanyl and more than 3.2 grams of suspected heroin, according to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court. They also recovered marijuana, cash, a cell phone, digital scales and paraphernalia consistent with the packaging and sale of drugs, according to a news release from the department.

Detectives also recovered two pistols, one of which had been reported stolen from the Barboursville area. One of those guns was loaded with eight cartridges in the magazine, according to the complaint.

Davis is barred from owning a firearm after being convicted of complicity to possession of drugs in Washington County, Ohio on March 11, 2016.

A woman was detained at the scene and released. The property owner will be issued a nuisance letter for criminal activity at the apartment.

Davis was arraigned before Cabell County Magistrate Danne Vance and ordered held in Western Regional Jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash-only bail. He will have a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. April 24.

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible, said Huntington Police Capt. Rocky Johnson.

Members of the Huntington Violent Crime-Drug Task Force had been investigating Davis for a while, and suspected him of supplying a large amount of fentanyl to the area, Johnson said. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 100 times more potent that morphine.

The task force is focused on removing drugs and illegal guns from the streets, along with the rapid prosecution of suspected criminals.

“That’s a key component of the Huntington Violent Crime-Drug Task Force — we are not only working drugs, we are working violent crime also,” Johnson said.

Travis Crum is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He may be reached by phone at 304-526-2801.