Columbus man arrested in Wednesday drug bust also faces gang charges

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One of three men arrested Wednesday at a suspected drug house on George Street in midtown Columbus pleaded not guilty to multiple drug and gang charges Thursday morning in Recorder’s Court.

Adonis Pernell, 28, appeared in court on three counts of criminal gang activity, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of drug-related objects, possession of hydrocodone with Intent to distribute, possession of Tramadol with Intent to distribute, trafficking methamphetamine, tampering with evidence and misdemeanor obstruction.

When police raided the house at 2225 George Street, they found more than $36,000 in meth. Police also seized about $4,000 in cash. They also found other drugs, firearms, and items identified with gang activity, according to court testimony. Those gang items included boots, a red bandana and “a gang bible” that belonged to Pernell, police testified.

Judge Julius Hunter ordered Pernell held without bond and the case moved to Superior Court, where bond on the gang and drug trafficking charges will be set.

Police identified Pernell as a member of the Piru Bloods, a national gang that is based in Los Angeles but has a strong Columbus presence.

Two other men were also arrested during the raid. Emory Stephens, 29, was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He bonded out of the Muscogee County Jail and did not appear in court on Thursday.

Braddeus Edge, 32, was charged with possession of misdemeanor marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Hunter ordered Edge held on $3,000 bond, including $2,500 for the firearms charge.

The investigation was conducted by the Columbus Police Special Operations Unit. The investigation continues.

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