Investigators' search for two fugitives morphed into a massive drug bust Tuesday when police found several weapons and more than $10,000 worth of marijuana at a Baker Plaza Drive apartment, according to court testimony.
Richard Gilliam, 22, David L. Henry Jr., 23, Randy Scott, 25, and John V. Walton, 55, faced charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession within 1000 feet of a school, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of drug related objects, possession of dangerous drugs, failure to keep drugs in original container and theft by receiving stolen property during a Thursday morning Recorder's Court hearing.
Scott, Henry and Walton additionally faced a charge for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Officer Nathan Tooley told the court that he and several other officers were searching for Gilliam and another man Tuesday when they arrived at the 3815 Baker Plaza Drive apartment complex. After receiving a tip that Gilliam might be inside one of the apartments, Tooley met with the Walton, the primary renter.
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Walton gave officers permission to search the apartment for Gilliam. When police entered the apartment, several occupants fled to the back bedrooms. They were detained during the remainder of the investigation.
In one of the bedrooms, investigators found a Sig Sauer handgun, still in its packaging. Another pistol was found on top of a pile of clothes, as well as a loaded AK-47 under the bed. Another pistol was found under the couch in the living room; still another was found in a shoe box.
The officers also found large quantities of marijuana in plain sight throughout the house. A clear gallon bag containing more than 12 ounces was found in the living room. More of the narcotic was found inside mason jars in the bedrooms, Tooley said.
Police also found an unspecified amount of Trazodone in the apartment, in addition to cocaine pipes on the living room coffee table.
The total amount of marijuana found in the house was approximately 1.17 pounds. It was estimated to be worth more than $10,000, Tooley said.
One of the guns found in the house was later discovered to be stolen property. Walton claimed the gun in court, leading Judge Michael Cielinski to dismiss the charge of theft by receiving for Gilliam, Scott and Henry.
Cielinski set Gilliam's bond at $73,000. Henry and Scott's bond was set at $83,000. Walton's was set at $93,000. All four men's cases will be forwarded to Muscogee County Superior Court.