Thursday was an unlucky day for suspected drug buyers and sellers in Columbia.
Six people were arrested in two different incidents involving suspected sales of crack cocaine, said Columbia police Sgt. Scott Young, narcotics unit supervisor.
The first arrests occurred at 1706 Parkside Drive, off Creasy Spring Road, where two men were arrested on suspicion of street drug sales. Lee D. Boyd, 21, was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance. Ricky P. Hunt, 26, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree trafficking of about nine grams of crack cocaine. The arrest took place around 6 p.m.
Later in the evening, police arrested four men on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and suspicion of misdemeanor possession of marijuana under 35 grams, on Interstate 70 and U.S. 63. Police seized about 105 grams of powder cocaine that they said was to be converted to 200 grams of crack cocaine that would be distributed to dealers. Theodore L. Henderson, 39, of Columbia, and Sidney Rolls, 26, Todd L. Griddine, 32, and Bryant L. Stapleton, 27, all of Kansas City, were arrested at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Young said that it is not unusual to make two drug arrests in the same night. He said it was a coincidence that both involved crack cocaine, and the events were unrelated.
As of Friday morning, Boyd was being held at the Boone County Jail with a $4,500 bond and Hunt’s bond had not been set. Henderson, Rolls, Griddine and Stapleton were each held at $50,500 bonds. Griddine posted bond on Friday and was released.