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Columbus police seize nearly $7,000 in heroin, other drugs after complaint at Super 8

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Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.

Police seized almost $7,000 worth of illegal drugs Sunday after a caller complained about drug sales at the Super 8 motel on Warm Springs Road, a police officer testified Thursday in Recorder’s Court.

Marques Hamilton, 31, and Kelvin Johnson, 37, both pleaded not guilty to one count each of trafficking in heroin, tampering with evidence, possession of Ecstasy, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and drug-related objects in the 6:10 p.m. search at 2935 Warm Springs Road. Judge Julius Hunter ordered both held without bond and bound all charges over to Muscogee Superior Court.

Patrol officer Danielle Smith told the court that police could smell marijuana burning after Hamilton opened the room door.

“As soon as you opened the door, I could smell marijuana,” she said.

A caller had identified Johnson as the suspect selling drugs. After police were granted permission to search the room, Smith said the room contained multiple boxes, a shoe box and a bag of cocaine found floating to the top in the toilet.

Police seized 18.3 grams of heroin worth $5,790, 6.9 grams of cocaine with a value of $690, 22 Ecstasy pills worth $440 and a small amount of marijuana costing $18. The value of total drugs seized was $6,938.

Johnson was represented by defense attorney Alfonza Whitaker while Hamilton was represented by public defender Matthew Landreau. Neither testified during the hearing.

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