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One man acquitted, 3 others admit guilt in cocaine raid

William Gosha was acquitted of all charges in court Wednesday. (Source: Columbus Police Department) William Gosha was acquitted of all charges in court Wednesday. (Source: Columbus Police Department)

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Three men have pleaded guilty in connection with a drug raid in Columbus. Meanwhile, another man has been acquitted.

Eugene Dent, Jarrell Harvey and Tyarence Cliatt all entered guilty pleas in Muscogee County Superior Court Tuesday. Dent and Cliatt pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of possession of cocaine and were each sentenced to 10 years in prison, one of which they'll spend behind bars because they're receiving credit for the time they've served since their arrest. Harvey pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of cocaine and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, one of which he'll spend in the Muscogee County Prison.

The fourth man charged in the case, William Gosha, has been acquitted of his trafficking cocaine charge.

According to Assistant District Attorney David Helmick, the charges all stem from a drug bust by the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office at a house on Bamboo Street in the East Wynnton part of the city back in March of 2010.

Helmick says deputies had a search warrant for the house, which he calls a "drug house" where local dealers stash and sell their drugs and cook cocaine to make crack.

According the state, once deputies got into the house, they saw Gosha run into the bathroom and try to flush cocaine down the toilet to get rid of it. Helmick says no one was living at the alleged drug house so the water was not turned on.

He says "large amounts of cocaine" were also found in the bathroom and in a bedroom and Gosha had $10,000 on him in small bills when he was taken into custody.

Gosha's attorney, Stacey Jackson, says the men responsible in this case have already admitted their guilt and that no cocaine was actually found in Gosha's possession. Jackson says the search warrant did not list Gosha's name.

Wednesday, Muscogee County Superior Court Chief Judge John Allen acquitted Gosha in a directed verdict.

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