SIU makes drug bust in SandHillarea
Same area busted a year ago, SIU vows to clean up
Agents from the Covington/Newton County Special Investigations Unit (SIU) arrested three men on Friday in a bust two months in the making.
According to SIU Commander Lt. Phillip Bradford, agents hit a home on Carroll Street where they had reportedly been making undercover purchases of crack cocaine for two months. Undercover officers allegedly purchased drugs from 32-year-old Shakina Henderson of Walnut Street and 23-year-old Ronnie Farley of Carroll Street. A third man, 22-year-old Willie King Jr. was also arrested for possession of marijuana.
Bradford said in 2006 Henderson was arrested for sale of cocaine in a bust by SIU - then called the East Metro Drug Enforcement Team – and was sent to prison. He has reportedly been out of prison for less than one year.
Also, in March of last year, SIU did a bust in the same area - referred to as Sand Hill by locals; the community consists of the streets off of Washington Street, including Ivy and
School streets. During that particular bust, between 25 and 30 people were arrested following a four-month investigation after three search warrants were served in one day.
“We arrested a pile of people that day and every single one of them has pled guilty and are in prison doing time,” Bradford said.
Also indirectly involved in the bust last year was an 86year-old woman. According to Bradford many of the people arrested in the 2007 bust were related to her in some way and they would flock to her home and sell drugs out of the house.
“She is not suspected in any wrongdoing but the wrongdoing of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren keep her on the move,” said Bradford.
The house that SIU hit on Friday was that elderly woman’s home and those accused of selling crack cocaine were her grandchildren. Her daughter, the mother of one of those arrested Friday, was arrested last year for selling cocaine, according to Bradford.
“I said it before and I told them again today,” said Bradford. “That Sand Hill will not return to the way it used to be and we [SIU] are committed to keeping that community clean. That is the last place that anyone in Covington who wants to sell dope needs to set up shop because it will definitely draw the most attention to them,” he said.
Every buy made by undercover agents was of crack cocaine, according to Bradford. The amount and prices varied but all sales were of usable amounts from $20-$100 and from one to four rocks at a time.
“We have numerous purchases out of that house and we have it on video, so we have a very strong case,” Bradford said.