Five arrested during cocaine investigation on Second Avenue

benw@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 16, 2014 

Five people were arrested Thursday after the Special Operations Unit of the Columbus Police Departed raided a home on Second Avenue, seizing Xanax and several illegal substances.

The arrests stem from a months-long investigation of alleged narcotics possession and sales at 2608 Second Ave., said Police Capt. Gil Slouchick.

The suspects were identified as Angelo Adams, 29, Frances Gonzalez, 53, Tsetung Taylor, 39, Connie Thomas, 40, and Jennifer Gay, 49. All were taken to the Muscogee County Jail and held for a 9 a.m. hearing today in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

Adams is charged with one count of possessing Xanax and an imitation controlled substance that appeared to be crack cocaine. Gay faces a similar charge of possessing Xanax, a drug used to treat anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia and anxiety caused by depression.

Gonzalez and Taylor both face a charge of possessing an imitation controlled substance. Thomas is charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a police officer. Agents found 49 tablets of Xanax with a street value of more than $1,200 at the home.

While the raid was underway, more than a dozen agents detained eight people in handcuffs on the sidewalk in front of the home. A disabled man with one leg was left on the front porch. Three of the detained were allowed to go free after it was determined they just walked up to the house as the investigated started.

“Our investigation determined that the timing was the proper time to do it,” Slouchick said.

To help locate illegal substances, Penny, a drug-sniffing Golden Labrador, was brought in to search the home.

Northbound traffic on Second Avenue was slowed until the investigation was completed in front of the home.

Many of the agents were dressed in olive green uniforms with black scarfs masking their faces. For about a year, police have been using the uniforms instead of wearing plain clothes to conduct drug raids.

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