Friday, April 22, 2011
AIKEN -- Aiken Public Safety officers say a major drug distributor is off the streets this afternoon.
"It was hectic," neighbor Stephen Guminski said. "I mean there was everybody surrounding I mean you had six or seven cop cars."
Officers arrested Kelvin Jones after an investigation lasting two weeks.
They picked up Jones and four other people at a home at 462 Morgan Street in Aiken. During the raid, investigators found more than two pounds of cocaine, some marijuana, ecstasy, two firearms and $6,000 in cash.
The other suspects arrested include: Jamaris Coleman, Ricky Lloyd, Tiffany Butler and a 14-year old juvenile. All 5 are facing drug charges.
"I'm glad that it's off the streets because there's kids that play outside and I don't want anything to happen to them," one neighbor said.
Butler and Coleman live at the home on Morgan Street, according to investigators. Jones and Lloyd are both charged with trafficking cocaine. Coleman, Jones and Lloyd also face charges for intending to distribute the drugs within a half mile of a school.
"People are trying to raise good kids around here so I mean we don't need all these drugs around," Guminski said.
Especially since the city is trying to revitalize the area. They've put in newer homes like these ones across the street from the house that was raided.
"I think that's real good," Guminski said. "They're trying to clean up the community so I think that's real good for the community."
Now that people were arrested, neighbors hope the extra traffic on Morgan Street is gone.
"We don't need that around here," Guminski added. "They need to do their best and that's what they're doing."
Deputies with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office and the Solicitor's Office are assisting with the investigation.
Of the five that were arrested in the bust at least three of them had priors. Lloyd had a prior manslaughter conviction, the 18-year-old Coleman was out on bond already and Jones was on probation for numerous prior drug offenses.