The Covington-Newton County S.W.A.T. team struck at a Kirkland Road home on a search warrant Thursday afternoon, arresting at least two men and one woman after reportedly finding large amounts of cocaine inside.
Covington-Newton County Special Investigations Unit had been investigating the activities at the house for a couple of months and making undercover drug purchases, said SIU head Lt. Philip Bradford.
"We've been getting a lot of complaints about the traffic coming and going off this residence," he said.
About 3:30 p.m., S.W.A.T. team members entered the one story house and found three residents inside - home owner Reginald Tyrone Kelly, Sr., 41, his uncle Robert Kelly, 49, and Angel Allen, 44, of St. Louis.
Allen reportedly barricaded herself in a bathroom and threw bags of cocaine out the window before surrendering.
Reginald Kelly allegedly tried to throw a bag of cocaine aside into the corner of the house but was stopped from moving away from the spot by a S.W.A.T. officer, said Bradford.
All three were charged with possession of cocaine. Reginald was also charged with sale of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Robert Kelly was reportedly a Newton County absconded sex offender who was convicted of child molestation in 1997, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections absconded sex offenders list.
Reginald Kelly was arrested in 2006 on charges of selling alcohol without a license at the Emporium Club on Flat Rock Road after officers seized drugs, guns and cash during a raid and arrested 12 people. Kelly had been previously incarcerated at least three times in the state prison system, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.
After the raid, Kelly reportedly took court action against an officer for allegedly using excessive force by hitting him, but the case was dismissed, said Bradford.
He said the S.W.A.T. was used in Thursday's search warrant in order to reduce possible injuries.
"The S.W.A.T. team's primary goal is to quickly and tactfully move in and assault a structure and seize everybody within seconds. That honestly cuts down on any injuries that might occur," he said. The "shock and awe" of such a swift entry prevents people from drawing guns and possibly opening fire, he said.
After the nightclub raid, Kelly reportedly became active in talking about police tactics, calling a press conference a couple years ago, said Bradford.