Two Columbia children have been taken into protective custody after the city police arrested two adults on drug charges, according to a police press release.
The action came after police received tips from the community about drug activity around Harden and Calhoun Streets, police said.
The children were taken into custody by the Department of Social Services (DSS).
Shalisa Monia Felder 31, and Darrell Wayne Samuel, Jr., 32, both of Columbia, were arrested Wednesday for possession of crack cocaine and unlawful conduct towards a child. Samuel was also arrested for possession of marijuana.
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The two were arrested after police stopped the Ford Explorer they were riding in. Two boys were asleep in the rear. One had a bag of crack cocaine in his hands, police said.
Felder is the mother of both children, police said.
Chief Tandy Carter praised citizens for contacting police to help endangered children. “The community has once again shown that they are not going to stand for illegal activities to occur in the city and in this case aided two children who were placed in danger.”
Felder and Samuel are being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
— John Monk