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UPDATE: Warrants issued for suspects in drug case

Friday, December 19, 2008 | 4:46 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Warrants were issued Friday for a man and woman on drug charges after an investigation into a Wednesday shooting on St. Charles Road led police to a trailer containing 40 pounds of processed marijuana in bricks, illegal mushrooms, guns and assorted other drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Christian A. Thames, 30, and Casey L. Baker, 23, are wanted on suspicion of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, according to police. Each warrant sets bond at $25,000.

Officers requested the warrants after finding the bricks of marijuana, 3.5 ounces of psilocybin mushrooms, two shotguns, one handgun and numerous articles of drug paraphernalia, according to the release.

Two unidentified men are also being sought for their involvement in the shooting.

A search warrant was obtained Wednesday evening after the home's occupants denied officers permission to search the trailer for evidence regarding the shooting.

The shooting occurred at 2:16 p.m. when two armed men attempted to forcibly enter the trailer in which Thames, Baker and Jeffrey Nichols were inside with an unnamed adult and a child.

Before the men could enter the home, Thames is suspected of grabbing a shotgun, according to the release. Gunfire was then exchanged, during which Thames was shot in his left leg with a handgun fired by one of the men attempting to break in, the release stated.

While returning fire, Thames is suspected of inadvertently shooting Nichols in his left arm and shoulder. The armed men then fled the scene.

Nichols and Thames drove to Columbia Regional Hospital with nonlife threatening gunshot wounds and were uncooperative with police, the release stated. After being transferred to University Hospital, Thames left Thursday morning against doctors' orders, the release stated.

Those with information on the two male suspects, or on Thames and Baker, are asked to contact the Columbia Police Department or CrimeStoppers by calling 875-8477 or going to 875tips.com.


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