A fully-automatic submachine gun stolen from the Jackson Police Department’s SWAT team four years ago, cocaine and over $130,000 in cash turned up in a raid last weekend following a year-long investigation into a Canton drug ring.
One of the stolen guns recovered was a fully-automatic MP5 stolen from a SWAT team member in 2014, said Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker, whose department coordinated the raid.
Five people were arrested and all but one remain in custody at the Madison County Detention Center on various charges.
Jeremiah Kelly, 30, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute while in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute while in possession of a firearm.
Dexter Smith, 31, was charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
Lenaris Milton, 42, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Melton was released on bond Wednesday.
Dannie Williams, 57, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute while in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute while in possession of a firearm.
Lavar Williams, 37, was charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Lavar was in custody on a separate charge at the time of the roundup and charged in connection with the case.
The Madison County Sheriff’s SWAT team and narcotics investigators executed simultaneous raids on four houses shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday.
Three houses were located on Jackson Street in Canton and a fourth house was located at 124 Kings Way off Sharon Road in the county.
Capt. Tommy Jones said their deputies encountered no resistance and there were no injuries.
Upon search of the houses, investigators found plastic storage containers they say were shipped via USPS or FedEx/UPS containing drugs.
Jones said at one house they found over $30,000 in cash and at another over $90,000 in cash. In total, $131,901 was seized by the Sheriff’s Department.
Several other guns, including a stolen Taurus handgun, were also recovered.
Tucker said approximately $65,000-$70,000 worth of marijuana, powder cocaine and crack cocaine was also recovered.
Also seized during the bust were several appliances, a four-wheeler, and an Audi sedan.
Jones said this type of bust is significant because it’s taking drugs out of the community.
Originally published in the Madison County Journal