From left, top row: Michael Lee Conley, 36, Traveon Dante Smith, 32, and Sherrell Kenyata Whitley, 21. From left, bottom row: Exavius Devon Tatum, 29, and Kendwell Jarmaz Alexander, 26.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Heroin, cocaine, marijuana and stolen guns were found during a daybreak bust of a drug house at 29 Ezzard St. on Thursday morning.
The home was targeted by members of the Gwinnett Metro Task Force, the Gwinnett Sheriff's SWAT team and Lawrenceville Police because it was a popular place for customers, said Capt. Dallas Stidd of the Task Force and the Sheriff's Office.
"It's noteworthy only because this place was so popular," Stidd said. "They had a lot of customers there every day. It was a place where people could come buy heroin day or night."
Five people were arrested and charged with drug possession and intent to distribute, and there were two stolen guns in the house.
They were Michael Lee Conley, 36, Traveon Dante Smith, 32, Sherrell Kenyata Whitley, 21, Exavius Devon Tatum, 29, and Kendwell Jarmaz Alexander, 26.
One of the stolen guns was taken during a recent heist of 21 guns in Donaldson, Stidd said. Smith and Whitley were each charged with possession of a stolen firearm.
Stidd said they are presumed gang members, and most are from south Atlanta.
Inside the house was about five and a half grams of heroin, and any amount above four grams is considered trafficking in Georgia, Stidd said. The marijuana was in multiple quarter pound bags for sale. The cocaine was also in bags for sale, Stidd said.
Conley had outstanding warrants for a felony probation violation and eluding Lawrenceville Police during a high speed chase. Smith had outstanding warrants for felony assault and an incident in Fulton County, Stidd said.
During the raid, Smith initially tried to escape by jumping through a glass window, so he was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center for treatment before the Gwinnett jail.
The raid began with three or four flash-bangs, and the SWAT team, "took it down pretty hard."
"There were guns all over the place," Stidd said. "They definitely had the means, but the SWAT team did a good job."
Stidd said members of the Task Force indirectly purchased heroin from the house, and had received several tips about how busy it's become, which led to the timing of the raid.
"We plan it out, definitely do it the right way, get all the right people involved depending on risk factor," Stidd said.
The Task Force was created last summer following the Service Delivery Settlement with Gwinnett County. It's a joint agreement between police departments in Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Suwanee and Snellville, along with the Gwinnett Sheriff's Department. The inter-agency agreement pooled resources among those agencies to investigate street-level crimes in residences and businesses.
This was the fifth trafficking warrant taken out by the Task Force in the last two weeks, Stidd said, as he noted that heroin is on the rise in Gwinnett. The only difference in this bust was it didn't have methamphetamine, Stidd said.
Location of drug house