Late on Christmas day, a Kanawha County sheriff’s deputy and a West Virginia State Trooper went to the Hargis Body Shop in Hernshaw, on what a criminal complaint deemed a “knock and talk for drug activity.”
When they knocked on the door, the officers saw at least nine people jump from an adjacent apartment window and run off into the woods. The two officers were able to capture and arrest six suspects, three of whom were wanted on felony drug warrants from Detroit, Michigan. Three of the six arrested were from Boone County, according to complaints filed in before Kanawha County Magistrate Ward Harshbarger.
Michael Richard Hargis, 51, of Hernshaw was charged with being a felon
in possession of a firearm after police found several shotguns in his
possession, Hargis also has a previous domestic violence conviction
in West Virginia, which was the reason for his arrest. His bond was $2,500.
Bryan Curtis Mills, 24, of Seth was charged with possession of crack
cocaine with intent to distribute and fleeing. A trooper observed him throw away a crack cocaine rock that weighted 49 grams. His bond was set at $25,000.
Chris Leroy Holstien, 27, of Sylvester was charged with fleeing on
foot. His bond was $2,500.
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department said they recovered the three guns and $16,000 in cash. In addition they seized large qauantities of the painkiller oxycodone, crack cocaine and marijuana.
Mills faces up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000 if convicted. At press time he was still lodged in the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston.
Preliminary hearings for all the suspects are set for January 9.