Third-drug related incident at apartment complex leads to arrests

Friday, May 9, 2008 | 6:21 p.m. CDT; updated 3:03 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

COLUMBIA — An investigation by the Columbia Police Department’s SWAT team uncovered cocaine, marijuana, firearms and prescription drugs at an apartment May 8 in what was the third drug-related incident at the complex this week, said Police Capt. Brad Nelson.

Columbia police issued a drug-related search warrant at an apartment at the Gateway Apartments complex, 3903 Buttonwood Drive, after receiving complaints and suspicions of drug activity from neighboring residents, Sgt. Brian Richenberger said.

Upon arriving, police detained two residents of the apartment, according to a news release. Police found approximately 10 grams each of marijuana and powder cocaine, four loose tablets of the prescription drugs Ambien and Alprazolam, a .45-caliber handgun and digital scales in one of the bedrooms, according to the release.

Blake Babbs, 22, was arrested after police learned that the bedroom they found the drugs in was his. At the time of the arrest, police found $1,160 in cash on him, the release said.

Babbs was charged with one count of intent to distribute cocaine, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of marijuana and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Babbs was transferred to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, where he posted bail early May 9. His court date is set for May 21.

Jordan B. Swiler, 21, was charged with possession of marijuana. He was issued a court date and summons at the scene, Richenberger said.

Police are searching for the other resident of the apartment, in whose bedroom they found additional evidence.

Police have said that the three drug-related incidents at this apartment complex are not related.

Anyone with any information is requested to submit tips to the CrimeStoppers Web site at Submissions may be anonymous and might be eligible for a reward of up to $1,500 if the information leads to an arrest.

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