CONYERS - A man who operated a barber shop from his Newton County home was arrested Thursday, along with his son and three other people, for selling cocaine.
The Covington-Newton County Special Investigations Unit executed a search warrant at 1210 Kirkland Road about 3:30 p.m. Thursday and arrested three people who were in the home, all of whom were in possession of cocaine. Two others who showed up at the scene were arrested soon after the raid.
Lt. Philip Bradford, commander of the SIU, said investigators began looking into activities at the home after receiving numerous complaints from people in the area about the amount of traffic coming to and going from the house.
Bradford said the SIU used a confidential source, who made a number of purchases of crack cocaine from Reginald Tyrone Kelly, 41.
"During our investigation, we also made purchases from his son, Reginald Kelly Jr., who both live at the house," Bradford said. "Throughout our investigation, we discovered there was always a lot of drug activity there with other people buying drugs. Every time we would go in there, other people were there; it was like going in a store."
Kelly was reportedly operating a barber shop from the Kirkland Road residence. Bradford said when the Covington-Newton County SWAT team entered the home, Kelly was in the process of cutting a man's hair.
"He was in the chair with a cape on when the SWAT team busted in the door," Bradford said. "Kelly took the crack cocaine he had in a plastic bag off his person and tried to throw it on the floor behind a speaker. He then complied with officers and got on the ground. He was taken into custody without incident."
Investigators recovered the bag of cocaine, which Bradford said had an estimated street value of $500. They also found scales and packaging materials and a .32-caliber handgun in Kelly's bedroom.
Kelly was charged with sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Officers determined the man receiving the haircut was not involved in the illegal activities and he was released, Bradford said.
Kelly is no stranger to law enforcement in Newton County. In February 2006, officers with the Newton County Sheriff's Office, the SWAT team and the Alcohol and Tobacco Division of the Georgia Department of Revenue raided a club on Flat Rock Road operated by Kelly. During that incident, officers seized alcoholic beverages, marijuana, crack cocaine, Ecstasy, guns and money.
Kelly maintained the establishment was a private club.
While the Newton County Grand Jury failed to indict Kelly on charges of running an illegal night club, he was indicted for perjury and making false statements in connection with the raid. Kelly alleged that a member of the SWAT Team - who was also an officer in the Covington Police Department - used excessive force against him, damaging his eyesight.
"Reginald Kelly has a long history with the Covington Police Department and law enforcement in general," CPD Chief Stacy Cotton said at the time. "False and unfounded allegations are something Mr. Kelly makes quite often."
During Thursday's raid on Kirkland Road, Angel Allen, 44, also of 1210 Kirkland Road, was arrested. When investigators entered the home, she allegedly ran to a closet in the master bedroom where she barricaded herself. Bradford said she threw a small amount of cocaine out the window. Allen eventually left the closet and was charged with possession of cocaine.
Bradford said that another man at the house, Robert Kelly, 49, told officers his address was 1150 Sigman Road in Conyers, but it was evident he was living at the Kirkland Road house.
A small amount of cocaine was found in Robert Kelly's bedroom, Bradford said, and he was charged with possession of cocaine. Officers ran a check on Robert Kelly and discovered he had outstanding warrants in Newton County for failing to register as a sex offender.
Bradford said that after the three were arrested, Reginald Kelly Jr. and a cousin, Antonio Kelly, pulled into the driveway of the home.
Reginald Kelly Jr., 18, of 1210 Kirkland Road, was then arrested for sale of cocaine based on previous undercover buys. Officers discovered that Antonio Kelly, 22, of 85 Old River Road, had outstanding warrants for probation violation and he, too, was arrested.
Bradford said the investigation into the sale of cocaine from the Kirkland Road residence is ongoing and more charges may be forthcoming.
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