Three charged after Thursday drug bust

Three Jefferson City residents face various drug charges after officers served search warrants at two different addresses Thursday morning, and at a Michigan Street home Friday morning.

Bond was set at $100,000 for Louis Sidney Richmond Jr., 32, of 1312 Raymond Drive, after he was charged with selling heroin Thursday.

If convicted of the Class B felony, Richmond could be sentenced to serve five to15 years in prison.

And Jeremy Lenord Roark, 28, of 5217 Veil of Tears, has a $50,000 bond and faces a prison sentence from five to 15 years after he was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, with the intent to distribute, deliver and sell it. Roark also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor that could result in a one-year jail sentence.

Eugene Lamont Gates, 31, of 608A Michigan St., also could be sentenced to a five- to 15-year prison term, if he’s convicted of possessing more than five grams of marijuana, with the intent to deliver and sell the drug Friday.

Prosecutors said Gates is a “prior” and “persistent” drug offender, because he was convicted of felony controlled substance distribution charges in 2003 and 2007.

His bond also was set at $50,000.

In a Friday morning news release, Cole County Sheriff Greg White reported Roark’s home was one of two in the Apache Flats area west of Jefferson City that were searched Thursday morning by the Cole County and Highway Patrol SWAT teams, with help from the Missouri National Guard’s Counterdrug Task Force.

The second search warrant was served at 525 Empire Drive, about a mile west of Roark’s home.

White said the search at Roark’s address “resulted in the seizure of one-half ounce of methamphetamine, approximately $4,300 cash, digital scales, plastic baggies, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.”

He said “digital scales with methamphetamine residue and drug paraphernalia” were seized during the search on Empire Drive.

In separate probable cause statements, Jefferson City Police Detective Mike Ottolini reported Roark was in the dining room when a “ziplock bag containing approximately 7 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine was seized from his pants pocket,” and an identical bag was found, in a shirt pocket, in Roark’s bedroom.

Ottolini reported Roark said the bags were his “and his wife knew nothing about it. He claimed he did not use methamphetamine, but refused to answer whether or not he had sold the substance.”

Ottolini said he had “conducted a controlled purchase of heroin” from Richmond on Feb. 19.

Richmond was convicted of felony possession of a controlled substance in 2000.

And, Ottolini reported, he served a search warrant at Gates’ apartment Friday morning, where he found two bags containing about 10 ounces of marijuana inside a gym bag.

He said Gates should be considered a persistent offender because of his four controlled substance distribution convictions, in 2002 (two cases) and 2007 (two cases).

No court dates were set for any of the three people charged this week.

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