Five men were banished from the Covington Housing Authority after one ran from the police and the others were caught allegedly packaging drugs in a home.
On Thursday afternoon, officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Johnson Drive (inside the Housing Authority) on reports that a man with two outstanding felony warrants had been seen outside.
Officers were driving in the area and noticed a man standing outside that matched the description of the one they were searching for. When he saw officers, he reportedly took off running and they gave chase through the authority's complex.
As officers rounded a corner they reportedly saw the man run into an apartment and since the door was not closed yet, and he matched the description of a wanted man, they ran into the apartment.
When officers got inside they noticed five men, including the one they had been chasing, standing in the kitchen near a table. The man they had been chasing was placed under arrest. Then, officers began to notice what was allegedly in the kitchen with the other men.
According to reports, officers noticed there were multiple baggies, some empty, some with suspected marijuana inside, and a digital scale. While waiting for a search warrant (due to the drugs and drug paraphernalia found in plain sight), the five males from the kitchen were searched.
When officers began patting down 30-year-old Ryan Oneal Little, a storage bag containing marijuana reportedly fell out of his pants. He was arrested as was 28-year-old Akierne Sanchez Barkley, 23-year-old Willie Andrew King, 24-year-old Sadarious Geronte Stephens and 21-year-old Willie Adam Blackwell. All but Blackwell were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Blackwell was charged with criminal trespassing and obstruction.
All five were banished from the Housing Authority.