Wednesday afternoon, downtown diners witnessed a suddenly heavy police at the intersection of Broadway and 11th Street in Columbus.
What people were witnessing was the culmination of a two-month drug investigation, Sheriff’s Office Maj. Joe McCrea said. Christopher Highsmith, 42, and Wilbur Scott, 48, were arrested and face multiple drug charges, McCrea said.
The Sheriff’s Office was working with the Criminal Investigation Division at Fort Benning, McCrea said. The undercover agents had performed multiple drug purchases from the suspects over the last two months, McCrea said.
Highsmith and Scott were each charged with sale of cocaine, possession of Ecstasy with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Just before 1:30 p.m., several unmarked vehicles, including a Chevrolet truck and a Ford SUV, blocked the intersection of 11th Street right before Broadway, according to witnesses. The officers, wearing bullet-prof vests, exited the vehicles with weapons drawn, according to witnesses.
Police seized 16 Ecstasy pills, 16 grams of marijuana and 7.5 grams of cocaine. They also confiscated a Ruger .380 pistol and a Ford Expedition.
Customers in the Momma Goldberg’s restaurant on the northwest corner of the intersection were temporarily locked in, according to witnesses.
In addition to the unmarked vehicles, there was a marked Muscogee County Sheriff’s car. The officers were on the scene less than 10 minutes before leaving.