Columbus police busted three people with more than $8,000 in drugs during the execution of a search warrant Wednesday, finding marijuana and paraphernalia among the toys of a 3-year-old child, police said Friday in Columbus Recorder's Court.
Kenneth Parish, 27; the child's mother, Sade Williams, 26; and Sade's mother, Janice Williams, 51, each were arrested on drug charges at Janice Williams' Midnightsun Lane home. Police say they found thousands of dollars worth of marijuana and prescription pills when they descended about 7:20 p.m. on the home.
All three initially faced charges of possession with the intent to distribute drugs, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of drug-related objects and reckless conduct. They appeared Friday in Recorder's Court and pleaded not guilty to their charges.
Represented by attorney Stacey Jackson, Janice Williams had all charges against her dropped, except the possession and reckless conduct accusations. Parish and the Williamses are being held under bond.
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Parish on Friday claimed responsibility for all the drugs, and said Janice Williams knew nothing about it.
"She said she suspected Kenneth Parish was selling drugs at the residence but was never able to prove it," Officer Maxwell Todd testified.
According to Todd, officers found both Williamses in the home when they executed the warrant. Several bags of marijuana were found in a screened-in porch. More than $1,000 worth of hydrocodone was spotted in the same area. Police also found a 4-foot tall hookah.
Parish arrived at the home during the search.
Some of the marijuana found on the porch was stashed among the toys of Parish and Sade Williams' son, Todd added.
A search of the home's interior revealed a Sig Sauer .380-caliber pistol, the officer said. Parish told police he had the gun for protection, and that everyone in the home knew about it.
He and the Williamses were taken to police headquarters, where they were interviewed. Parish, who claimed ownership of the drugs, said he made about $300-600 a week selling marijuana. Parish's son would play on the screened-in porch, where officers found the drugs. Parish, who smoked marijuana along with Sade Williams, claimed he never smoked marijuana around the child, Todd said.
The cases now proceed to Muscogee County Superior Court.