Two men are in custody, and more than 600 grams of drugs and three guns have been seized, following a Wednesday morning search of a Fleming Drive drug house, according to court testimony.
Jerald Flakes, 38, and Rodney London, 25, appeared in Columbus Recorder's Court Thursday. They faced charges including possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug-related objects, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.
Flakes and London were detained at their 1000 Fleming Drive home in the course of a search executed by Columbus special operations agents at about 9 a.m., according to police testimony. The home had been under investigation for several weeks.
The men were located in a bedroom, along with two handguns. A third handgun was also located in plain view in the living room, according to police testimony.
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A special operations agent said in court that drugs were found in "almost every room" in the home. He said that, in total, 264 individual bags of marijuana were discovered. Three bags of cocaine and two canisters of cocaine -- labelled "desert stone" -- were also discovered throughout the house.
In total, 199.2 grams of marijuana and 410.7 grams of cocaine were recovered with a combined street value of more than $40,000, according to police testimony.
In addition, police said that numerous drug-related objects were also discovered, including digital scales and baggies of various sizes and colors was would be used in the sale of narcotics.
While detained, police testified that Flakes made a spontaneous utterance. "I'm f-----," he allegedly said. "I'm through, good job guys, I'm done."
Police said that neither Flakes nor London is the legal owner or renter of the property. That person was not at the scene at the time of the search and was not arrested.
Both men pleaded not guilty. Flakes was represented by attorney Stacey Jackson. London was represented by attorney William Kendrick.
Neither made a statement in court.
Judge Michael Cielinski set a total bond of $106,000 for Flakes' five charges, including $75,000 for trafficking cocaine; $10,000 each for manufacture of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime; and $1,000 for possession of drug-related objects.
London, who faced the same charges minus one charge of possession of a firearm, was given a $96,000 bond.