Raid leads to arrest of 11, seizure of drugs, weapons

  • Posted: Saturday, March 8, 2014 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Saturday, March 8, 2014 12:05 a.m.
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A raid by multiple law enforcement agencies this week netted six arrests and the seizure of drugs, weapons and paraphernalia, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

The raid happened about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at a home on the 500 block of Newberry Street, according to Lt. Jake Mahoney, a spokesman for Aiken Public Safety. Three children – ages 3, 4 and 5 – were removed from the home and placed in the custody of the S.C. Department of Social Services.

Ahmaad Coston, 26, was 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 a half-mile of a school or park and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Akeem Caleb Coston, 25, was 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 a half-mile of a school or park and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with three counts of unlawful neglect by legal guardian, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

Joseph Maston Jr., 26, was 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 a half-mile of a school or park and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Justin Daniel Harris, 18, was 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 a half-mile of a school or park and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jshon Staley, 18, was 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, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana within a half-mile of a school or park and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Saige Marie York, 17, was 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 a half-mile of a school or park and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Five additional suspects were arrested at a home directly across the street from the search location, Mahoney said. Darius Moore, Kenneth Islar and Emerson Edwards were charged with disorderly conduct, failure to comply with a lawful order and resisting arrest. April Jones and Yvette Midgett were charged with disorderly conduct and failure to comply with a lawful order.

All suspects were placed in the Aiken County detention center, where they remained on Friday afternoon. The search was carried out by officers from Aiken Public Safety, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives RAID Task Force.

Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies.

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