11 arrested in Aiken during drug probe

Eleven people were jailed in Aiken on Thursday as police and federal agents executed drug-related search warrants at a Newberry Street residence. Officers also removed three children from a home and turned them over to state care.


According to an account made public Friday by the Aiken Department of Public Safety, its officers and investigators and agents with the ATF served warrants on six people at 539 Newberry St. Police said they found cocaine, heroin, marijuana, three handguns, $700 and three cellphones. They also found three children, ages 3, 4 and 5, who were placed in the custody of the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

While they were conducting the investigation, police said, four people – identified as Darius Moore, Kenneth Islar, April Jones and Yvette Midgett – came out of a house across the street and shouted threats and obscenities at the officers.

The officers said that they told the two men and two women to express their opinions in a “calm fashion” and that obscenities would not be tolerated. The group calmed down briefly before continuing the verbal abuse, police said.

When police told them they were under arrest, the two men ran into a house at 500 Newberry St. and the two women tried to prevent officers from giving chase. As all four were placed into custody, a fifth person, identified as Emerson Edwards, came from behind the house at 550 Newberry with his left hand in his sweatpants and tried to approach the officers and the four suspects.

Edwards disregarded orders to stop and display his hands, police said, and also shouted obscenities and threats.

He was taken into custody.

Five of the suspects from the drug raid – Akeem Caleb Colson, 25; Ahmaad Coston, 26; Joseph Maston Jr., 26; Justin Daniel Harris, 18; Jshon Staley, 18; and Sage Marie York, 17 – were charged with trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine within a half-mile of a school or park, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana within half mile of a school or park and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Akeem Colson was also charged with three counts of unlawful neglect by a legal guardian, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

Moore, Islar and Edwards were charged with disorderly conduct, failure to comply and resisting arrest. Jones and Midgett were charged with disorderly conduct and failure to comply.



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