Columbia man, indicted on drug trafficking charges, arrested

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | 6:47 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was arrested Tuesday morning on federal drug trafficking charges.

Malcolm D. Redmon, 31, was arrested at 61 Sunshine Drive about 6 a.m. Tuesday by law enforcement officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Boone County Sheriff's Department, and the Columbia Police Department.

A federal grand jury indicted Redmon on July 30 on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and illegal use of communications to facilitate drug trafficking.

The indictment alleges that between June 2011 and November 2011, Redmon conspired to buy and distribute cocaine. He was the only person arrested in connection with the federal investigation, said Don Ledford, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office.

The building on Sunshine Drive was searched early Tuesday during the arrest, Ledford said. A building on the 400 block of Sanford Avenue was also searched in connection with the investigation Tuesday.

He appeared in court Tuesday afternoon and was being held in federal custody as of Tuesday evening, Ledford said. The prosecution opposed releasing Redmon on bond and filed a motion stating that he was "a danger to the community and a flight risk," Ledford said.

Redmon is scheduled to appear for arraignment and detention hearings Aug. 11 at the federal courthouse in Jefferson City.

The possession and conspiracy charges are class C felonies and carry a minimum sentence of three years' imprisonment.

Redmon has been charged with several crimes over the last 15 years. In 2008, Boone County prosecutors dismissed charges against him related to a shooting on the 500 block of Park Avenue that injured two people, according to previous reporting.

Redmon was most recently arrested in September 2013 on a felony assault charge. The trial in that case is scheduled to begin Aug. 28.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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