Search warrant leads to arrests of suspected drug dealers

Nadia Young, Antwan Johnson and Leroy Coakley
Nadia Young, Antwan Johnson and Leroy Coakley

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police have arrested four people for dealing drugs in Charleston.

The Charleston Police Department has charged 30-year-old Leroy Coaxley, 32-year-old Nadia Young, 25-year-old Antwan E. Johnson and 26-year-old Michael A. Edwards for distributing drugs.

Police executed a search warrant at a home on Amherst Street, which led to two of the arrests and the confiscation of drugs, guns, cash and counterfeit money.

In that case, Coaxley was charged with trafficking cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Young, who was also found at the home, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, police say they confiscated five pounds of marijuana with a street value of $4,000, 265 grams of cocaine with a street value of $26,500 and nine grams of cocaine base with a street value of $900.

According to a police report, authorities also confiscated one shotgun,four handguns, one of which had been reported stolen, $3,010 in cash and $2,400 in counterfeit money. The counterfeit money was turned over to the Secret Service.

In a separate investigation on Strawberry Lane and Senate Street, police arrested two men on narcotics charges on March 4 and issued arrest warrants for three other men. Antwan E. Johnson, 25, and 26-year-old Michael A. Edwards are both charged with distribution of cocaine base. They were being held in the Charleston County Detention Center.

Warrants have been issued for Walter N. Williamson, 28, of Pine Ridge Circle, Derrick D. Barber, 22, of Strawberry Lane and Christopher L. Edwards, 22, Poplin Avenue for distribution of cocaine base.

Authorities say both of the investigations began because of citizens'concerns of narcotic activity in the area.

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