SAVANNAH, GA. (January 3, 2014): Five suspects were arrested Friday afternoon and a sixth is being sought after Central Precinct Tactical Investigation Unit and Crime Suppression Unit officers raided a shot house on Barnard Street, confiscating cash, drugs and drug paraphernalia, illegal alcohol and cigarettes and identifying an illegal rooming house.
The TIU and CSU officers were bolstered by patrol officers from the Central Precinct of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department as well as inspectors from the City of Savannah’s Zoning Division, Revenue Department, Property Maintenance Department, and Fire Marshal’s Office participating through the interdepartmental Rooming House Task Force.
The 2 p.m. raid followed a week of intensive investigation in which the TIU performed uninterrupted surveillance on the house, noting drug sales and the illegal sale of alcohol. The operation was initiated after police received neighborhood complaints about the activities in the house at Barnard and West 31st streets.
“We started 2014 off the same way we finished 2013,” said Capt. DeVonn Adams, Central Precinct commander. “Our mission is to improve the quality of life in the Central Precinct. We are here to help people whenever and wherever we can, but we will continue to enforce the laws.
“This shot house not only was illegal, but it put innocent people at risk and robbed them of their sense of security. I am proud of the way our officers conducted this operation.”
Arrested without incident were Bobby Ray Robinson, 32, of the 500 block of East 49th street, – sale of controlled substance / crack-cocaine (two counts); Angel Gail Richardson, 53, 1500 block of Barnard Street – distributing, selling, or otherwise dealing in alcohol without a license (four counts); Eddie Snyder, 73, 1500 block of Barnard Street – distributing, selling, or otherwise dealing in alcohol w/without a license (three counts); Arsinio Larnon Robinson, 24, 100 block of West 32nd Street, – sale of marijuana (two counts); and Rodney Jones, 57, of the 100 block of West 42nd Street – possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related object.
Central detectives still are searching for Michael Anthony Kelsey, 54, 800 block of East 41st street. charged with sale of marijuana. Anyone with information on his location is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters to Crimestoppers remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.