COLUMBIA —Both apartments in a Ponderosa Street duplex were the subject of simultaneous raids by the Boone County Sheriff's Department on Monday morning.
At 8:57 a.m., the sheriff's department SWAT team entered both residences at 5321 Ponderosa St. to serve narcotics search warrants.
The warrants were the result of a sheriff's investigation that indicated the people living in both sides of the duplex were working together to distribute significant amounts of cocaine, according to a news release from Detective Sgt. Britt Shea.
The SWAT team recovered numerous ounces of cocaine, a handgun, about $8,000 in cash and other evidence of cocaine distribution and sales, the release said. As the raids began, two men tried to destroy some of the cocaine by flushing it down the toilet and throwing it into a sink of water.
Shea said there are others, including children, who live in the duplex, but they weren't home during the searches.
The three suspects were:
- Michael Jerome Walker, 25. He was arrested on suspicion of one count of distributing a controlled substance and one of tampering with evidence. Walker is on parole for distributing a controlled substance.
- Matthew R. Olsson, 32. He was arrested on suspicion of one count of distributing a controlled substance, one of tampering with evidence and one of failure to notify law enforcement of a sex offender change of address.
- Corey Wayne Everage, 32. He was arrested on suspicion of one count of distributing a controlled substance and one of unlawfully possessing a firearm.