Columbia man arrested on suspicion of drug distribution

Friday, April 25, 2014 | 2:21 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was arrested Thursday evening on suspicion of selling drugs after police were issued a warrant to search his home on Westwinds Drive.

Donte Cathey, 40, was arrested on suspicion of distribution, delivery, manufacturing and production of a controlled substance, as well as unlawful possession of a weapon, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

The search warrant was executed by detectives of the department's Vice, Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit, and with assistance from the SWAT Team.

According to the news release, detectives recovered a semi-automatic handgun, heroin, multiple capsules of MDMA and drug packaging materials.

This was not Cathey’s first arrest. In August 2011, he pleaded guilty to third degree domestic assault and two counts of second degree property damage and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, according to court records.

Cathey’s bond is set at $4,500 for the concealed weapon charge. A judge will set the bond for his drug charges, said police department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer. Cathey was being held at Boone County Jail on Friday morning.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.

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