Columbia Police arrest man for possession of narcotics and stolen firearms

Saturday, March 8, 2008 | 3:48 p.m. CST; updated 4:41 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

COLUMBIA — Police arrested a man Friday night after seizing marijuana, scales, money and stolen firearms from his home.

Jonathon Ryan March, 24, was arrested on suspicion of distribution, delivery and manufacture of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a Columbia Police Department release.

At 10:25 p.m., Columbia police officers served a search warrant for narcotics at March’s apartment on the 200 block of Nikki Way. Inside, they found approximately three pounds of marijuana, scales, more than $2,200 in cash and five firearms, according to the release. Two of the five firearms were stolen, but police would not comment on where they were stolen from.

Three adult residents were in the duplex when officers arrived, but only March was arrested, Columbia Police Sgt. Will Green said.

According to the release, SWAT team members set off two noise-making devices to distract residents as they forced open the front door of the apartment. Green said the SWAT team typically deploys noise devices when they know there are a lot of people in a building or when firearms might be present.

“They will deploy them when they want people to be distracted when they go into a place,” Green said. “When there might be weapons or a lot of people inside, they do something to draw attention away from them.”

Once inside, officers were confronted by an aggressive pit bull, which they shot and killed. A second pit bull was shot and wounded when it advanced toward officers on the second floor, according to the release. Animal Control took the injured dog into custody.

Green said police have not had to shoot many dogs while making drug deal arrests in the past.

“I only know about four or five that had to be shot,” he said. “Compared to the amount of warrants we get, that’s not a lot over the years.”

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