Originally created 08/16/97

Undercover investigation leads to standoff



An undercover drug investigation in a Barnwell County neighborhood led to a two-hour standoff between a narcotics task force and two men who barricaded themselves in an apartment.

Two children, about 10 years old, were inside the apartment but they weren't used as hostages, said Capt. Roger Heaton, task force commander for law enforcement agencies in Barnwell, Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun counties.

The drug sweep Thursday netted a total of six people arrested for drug and gun possession charges at different locations in the county, he said.

Ricky Lamont Williams, 19, of Woodmont Apartments, and Jerome Williams, 20, of Berry Street, were arrested and charged with presenting and pointing a firearm. Ricky Williams also was charged with unlawful conduct toward a child, and Jerome Williams with simple possession of marijuana. The Williamses aren't related, authorities said.

The men ran inside Ricky Williams' apartment while undercover agents were in the area attempting to buy drugs, Capt. Heaton said.

"We do these types of operations every week," the task force commander said. "Usually, they're without incident. An undercover agent offers to sell drugs and if there's a buy, we make an arrest. If not, we move on."

Officers happened to be working in the area near Woodmont Apartments when Ricky Williams was spotted standing outside with a pistol in hand, Capt. Heaton said. As officers walked toward him, he raised the gun and pointed it at them, Capt. Heaton said.

Ricky Williams then passed the gun to Jerome Williams, who pointed it at other officers who drove up in a car, Capt. Heaton said.

"Both men went inside the apartment and barricaded themselves," he said. A girl who lives at the apartment and a boy were inside, he added.

The girl's relation to Ricky Williams wasn't known Friday, Capt. Heaton said. The men came out peacefully and no one was injured, he added.

Task force members also arrested a number of other suspects in connection with other unrelated drug incidents. They include:

  • Joey Barker, 34, of the 2100 block of Marlboro Avenue in Barnwell, was charged with distribution of crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine near a school or park.
  • Timothy Kennedy, 23, of a post office box address in Williston, was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine near a school or park.
  • Charles Dickerson, 42, also known as "Charlie Rock," of Litchfield Apartments in Williston, was charged with distribution of crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine near a school or park.
  • Michael Jerome "Peanut" Sanders, 21, of Cottonwood Apartments in Barnwell, was charged with distribution of crack cocaine, distribution of crack cocaine near a school or park, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine near a school or park.