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Deputies seek Mich. man after drugs, cash found in apartment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Deputies are looking for a Michigan man after finding more than $3,000 in cash and more than $40,000 worth of heroin in a Cross Lanes apartment.

Kanawha Deputies S. Adams and J. Wiseman were dispatched Friday afternoon to an apartment on Becca Drive near Dalewood Drive after receiving reports of a domestic disturbance.

When they arrived, they saw a man running from the apartment and a woman claiming he was involved in the disturbance, Cpl. Brian Humphreys said in a release.

Deputies could not immediately locate the man, who was later identified as Ayric Mack Thomas, 23, of Detroit. He was thought to have fled in a vehicle.

Adams and Wiseman went back to the apartment, which smelled of marijuana. They found marijuana and plastic bags on a kitchen table. Deputies obtained a search warrant and the Sheriff's Tactical Operations Patrol team arrived to help search.

Deputies also found $3,321 in cash in the apartment. Neighbors approached officers at the scene with two plastic bags containing a white/gray powdery substance.

Humphreys said the neighbors saw Thomas fleeing through an area between two trailers. The neighbors said children were playing there and they had gone to check on them when they discovered the bags.

A field test revealed the substance to be heroin. The bags contained about 101 grams and carried a street value of $40,400.

Humphreys said deputies have a warrant for Thomas' arrest charging him with possession with intent to deliver. Thomas, who is black, was described as 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing about 160 pounds. 

Anyone with information can call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip via the department website at www.kanawhasheriff.us. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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