A quadruple killing in Huntington, W. Va., on May 22 has apparent ties to Detroit, says the Detroit Free Press. Huntington police zeroed in on a band of drug-dealing Detroiters as the suspects in the first four-person murder anyone can remember in this Appalachian city 50 miles west of Charleston and 340 miles southeast of Detroit.
Between January 2004 and May of this year, Huntington officers arrested 61 people with Detroit addresses on more than 130 charges, many drug-related. Several high-profile crimes in recent months — including rapes, slayings and kidnappings — have been linked to Detroit drug dealers. Local law enforcement officials are stopping nearly every car they see with Michigan license plates. “We don’t want to label Detroit as Crack City, USA,” Police Capt. Steve Hall said last week, “but everyone down here from Detroit is a suspect.” Just as Detroiters are sensitive about the Murder City rap, Huntington residents bristle when their city is stereotyped as Hicksville, says the Free Press.