A drug bust near Benning Hills Elementary School Wednesday morning netted close to 10 ounces in marijuana wrapped up in tiny baggies, about $1,000 in cash, two weapons and six arrests, police said.
Sgt. Rick Stinson, with the Metro Narcotics Task Force, said it wasn’t a large-scale operation that agents executed a search warrant on around 7 a.m.“But what bothered us was that it was across the street from Benning Hills Elementary,” he added.
Police were tipped off about the possible drug house several weeks ago. They began their investigation and obtained a search warrant, which led to the discovery of about $3,000 worth of marijuana bagged up into around 270 separate bundles, Stinson said.
“It was probably the smallest packaging I’ve ever seen,” he added. “One bag probably would have made one joint.”
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Officers also found about $1,000 in cash, a 9 mm single-shot submachine gun and a Glock, Stinson said.
Those arrested include Cordarell Smith, 23; Cordell M. Coppins, 22; Kathryn A. Johnson, 20; Joshua Wilson, 19; Eugene Holt, 18, all of Columbus; and Ashley V. McKamey, 19, of Phenix City. They face charges including possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and reckless conduct, jail records state.
The reckless conduct charge is because two young children were present, Stinson said.