Investigators' search for witnesses to the January murder of Kristan "Blake" Dozier yielded more than eight ounces of marijuana instead Tuesday, after one police officer searched a Wilson Homes apartment.
Travis Baldwin, Dewayne Snellings, Deidra Upshaw and Homer Upshaw all faced charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school and possession of drug related objects during a Wednesday morning hearing.
An officer told the court he was called to Wilson Homes, located at 3400 Eighth Avenue, to conduct a search for officer safety. The main occupant of the apartment, 26-year-old Deidra Upshaw, had previously agreed to speak with investigators. Before entering the apartment, the investigators wanted to make sure there was no one hiding in the residence.
Deidra accompanied the officer to the bedroom of her younger brother, 18-year-old Homer, where the officer said he immediately noticed what appeared to be marijuana on top of a digital scale. This switched the officer safety sweep into a search of the apartment, starting with a locked closet in the bedroom.
Never miss a local story.
At the officer's behest, Deidra took a hammer and knocked off the handle of the locked closet door. Inside, the officer found several Mason jars and large bags filled with suspected marijuana. The total weight was 8.34 ounces, which was estimated to be worth $2,365.
Two additional scales were also found, along with about 150 plastic baggies.
The officer noted during the hearing that Deidra claimed she was not aware of the marijuana's presence, and was cooperative throughout the investigation. All the occupants of the apartment were charged with possession of the contraband.
Snellings, 23, later tried to claim possession of the marijuana. The charges for the other occupants were not dropped, however, since Snellings only claimed the contraband after he had been booked into Muscogee County Jail.
Judge Michael Cielinski set all four suspects' bonds at $13,500. Their cases will be forwarded to Muscogee County State Court.