Five men were indicted on charges related to distributing heroin in three separate cases.
49-year-old Ravid Donald Smith, 26-year-old Lemont Michael Livingston and 53-year-old Clifford Andrew Lake, all of Columbia, were charged with one count of participating in a conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin from Sept. 24 to Oct. 28.
According to police, Livingston acquired large quantities of heroin in St. Louis and distributed it with Lake and Smith in the Columbia area.
Livingston was arrested Oct. 28 after police served a search warrant at his home and found a stolen handgun, heroin-cutting agents and a drug ledger. Lake was in the home and was also arrested. After police learned that Smith returned to Columbia with a heroin shipment, they made a controlled buy from him on the same day, and he was also arrested.
In a separate case, 26-year-old Markielle Avion Anderson, of Columbia, was charged with one count of possessing heroin with the intent to distribute and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to officers, Anderson was arrested on Oct. 7 during a controlled buy. Police recovered about 10 grams of heroin and a loaded handgun from his car.
In a third case, 19-year-old Laron Christopher Nesbitt, Jr., of Calumet City, Ill., was charged with one count of possessing heroin with the intent to distribute.
Nesbitt was arrested during a controlled buy on Oct. 7 and police found 12 grams of heroin in his pocket.