Officers Raid House
Suspected drug dealer, fatal shooting suspect arrested
by Wes Mayer
Two men – one of them recently bonded out of jail for two counts of murder – were arrested Thursday during an investigation by the sheriff’s office’s crime suppression unit.
At the beginning of the month, investigators with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office’s Crime Suppression Unit, led by Investigator Ronald Benjamin, began watching a suspicious home at 256 Wallace Gray Road, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. During their investigation, authorities found the home was getting a lot of foot and vehicle traffic, and people were coming and leaving without staying for very long.
Suspecting illegal activity was taking place in the home, investigators had a confidential informant enter the home, and the informant was able to purchase crack cocaine from the homeowner, Kenneth Brown, 53, Yarbrough said. After this, authorities obtained a search warrant and executed it Thursday morning.
Inside the home, they found Brown, and a man recently bonded out of jail for two counts of murder, Kamikie Nechez Wilkins.
Wilkins, 23, was found lying in a bedroom. Wilkins was arrested in late March for the fatal shooting on Hill Street in Newnan that killed both Darian Person, 23, and Gregory Marquel Anderson, 31. He was held at the Coweta County Jail until July 13, when he was bonded out for $33,150, said jail secretary Mylynda Smith.
During their search, investigators and patrol deputies found baggies of crack cocaine, a smoking device and some cash, which was all collected as evidence, Yarbrough said. Near Wilkins in the bedroom, investigators found more baggies of crack cocaine, a digital scale and some marijuana cigarettes, and underneath a pillow was a black Smith & Wesson handgun with its serial number partially rubbed off.
According to Yarbrough, Wilkins admitted to owning the firearm and said he bought it from the area of Fairmount Drive in Newnan for his personal protection. The handgun has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab to see if it is connected to any other crimes.
After this, Brown was charged with possession of cocaine and sale of cocaine, and Wilkins was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime and altering the identity of the firearm, Yarbrough said. They were both transported to the Coweta County Jail and Wilkins is being held without bond.
The case is still under investigation. More charges, including gang-related charges, may follow, Yarbrough said.