Three arrested after drug search

Friday, August 7, 2009 | 1:16 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – Columbia police arrested three Columbia residents Thursday evening after finding about 500 grams of marijuana and traces of cocaine at a residence.

According to a Columbia Police Department news release, Columbia SWAT arrived at 509 W. Sexton Road at about 7:30 p.m. with a narcotics search warrant. It found traces of cocaine, electronic scales with marijuana residue and about 475 grams of marijuana, as well as two smaller bags, each containing less than 35 grams of marijuana.

Three children younger than age 2 were present.

Leslie L. Williams, 28, tried to flush the 475 grams of marijuana down the toilet, according to the release.

Williams was arrested on suspicion of drug distribution, with bond yet to be set, and for an outstanding Boone County warrant related to third-degree domestic assault, with a bond of $4,500.

Police also arrested Natasha Dewey, 25, who lives at the residence, on suspicion of drug possession with a $4,500 bond, and another count of drug possession with a $500 bond.

Sophia S. Wilder, 24, was also arrested on suspicion of drug possession, and was released on a summons.

Contact CrimeStoppers at or by calling 875-TIPS with any further information about the incident.


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