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Police Seize Cocaine, Arrest Three Suspects

Thu., Jan. 8, 1998

Police department drug investigators confiscated $35,000 worth of crack cocaine, $6,000 in cash and arrested three suspects on Dec. 30.

Officers from the Special Investigations Unit and federal Drug Enforcement Agents used a search warrant at 2215 W. Boone and arrested Jesse L. Barker, who gave his address as 4666 W. Broadway, said police spokesman Dick Cottam.

In a separate incident later that day, officers observed suspects entering and leaving 902 W. Maxwell, another apartment involved with drugs, Cottam said.

After obtaining another search warrant, officers arrested 22-year-old Victor B. Brown of 211 N. Houk and 23-year-old John Mayes of 902 W. Maxwell, Cottam said.

Barker, Brown and Mayes were booked into jail on possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.

Secret Witness caught

A man featured in The Spokesman-Review as a Secret Witness target was arrested after he tried to make a purchase at a local jewelry store on New Year’s Eve.

John P. Newkirk, 30, told a jeweler on North Division that he wanted to write a check. The jeweler told Newkirk he recognized him as a wanted felon and told him he would have to verify his credit, Cottam said.

Newkirk left and the jeweler called police. Newkirk returned a short time later. Police arrested him after he entered the store, Cottam said.

Newkirk was arrested on three outstanding warrants, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of stolen property.

Speeder arrested

Speeding on icy streets landed a felon in jail after police stopped him and found he was carrying a loaded handgun.

Elizario K. Perez, 19, admitted he was driving about 60 mph on the 1100 block of North Napa at 9 p.m. on Jan. 2, Cottam said.

After running a background check on him, police found Perez had a felony conviction for possession of stolen property. They also found a loaded .38 under the driver’s seat. He was booked as a felon in possession of a firearm, he said.

Perez gave his address as 45 E. Glass.

Father, son, detain thief

A man and his son returned to their apartment in the 1700 block of West Mallon on Monday evening and found a burglar inside.

The 200-pound man tried to escape through a window but the two men held him until police arrived, Cottam said.

Joe Taylor Jr., 36, was booked into jail on residential burglary after police found several items taken from the apartment, he said.

Taylor, who gave his address as 4102 N. Regal, has five convictions including probation and drug violations.

, DataTimes

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