3 charged in drug raid: Smyrna police say they found kilo of suspected cocaine
by Rachel Gray
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Charles Johnson
Charles Johnson
Alexis Cockrell
Alexis Cockrell
Carla Long
Carla Long
SMYRNA — A SWAT team executed a search warrant at a residence where Smyrna Police say dealers were trafficking kilo of cocaine.

At 1:34 p.m. April 24, a Smyrna Police SWAT team arrived at Plaza Drive off South Cobb Drive, between Windy Hill Road and Concord Road.

When Smyrna Police pulled up, Charles Johnson of Smyrna was seen leaving in a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox with a Tennessee license plate, according to the warrant.

“(Johnson) was observed on his phone as soon as he noticed several Smyrna PD units in the area,” the warrant said. “(Johnson) did loop around the local area in a manner consistent with conducting surveillance and was detained on a traffic stop near the residence.”

After being read his Miranda rights, the warrant said, Johnson confessed to dealing cocaine out of the home.

“He stated he was trafficking a kilo of cocaine at a time out of the residence,” the warrant stated.

Smyrna Police said there were nearly two pounds of suspected cocaine in the residence and around the property.

“There was a pan on the stove with cocaine residue in it, indicating cocaine was frequently cooked on the stove,” the warrant said.

Inside a drawer by the door was approximately $1,000 in various denominations, according to Smyrna Police.

“Given the signs of cocaine sales at the residence, anyone living inside would be fully aware of the circumstances,” the warrant said.

Johnson, along with two women in the house, Alexis Cockrell of Sandy Springs and Carla Long of Marietta, faces felony charges of trafficking in cocaine.

The women were given $20,000 bonds and released.

When the SWAT team approached the home, the warrant said officers observed a man run out the back of the residence through the woods carrying a black and pink bag.

After officers followed the path where the unidentified black man escaped, Smyrna Police said they found bags of cocaine in the wood line along with a torn black and pink bag.

“The powder was fresh on the ground,” the warrant said.

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