Columbia Daily Tribune
Monday Jul 2, 2018 at 4:54 PM Jul 2, 2018 at 4:54 PM
Two Columbia men were arrested Friday after their alleged social media posts of criminal activity led police to investigate.
Police said in court documents that 19-year-old Jamel R. Tackett had been posting on social media that he was selling marijuana. Police contacted Tackett inquiring about a purchase and he allegedly agreed to sell an officer five grams of the drug for $50.
Tackett, according to court documents, messaged the officer back about 5:30 p.m. Friday to say he was at the Columbia Mall, would have the drug and was in a black car with tinted windows.
Police said they conducted a stop on the vehicle and smelled marijuana. Officers located Tackett in the back seat and found about 12 grams of marijuana and a handgun, which had been reported stolen.
Tackett was arrested and prosecutors charged him Saturday with distribution of under 35 grams of marijuana, stealing and felon in possession of a firearm. He was booked at the Boone County Jail on a $75,000 cash-only bond.
Tackett appeared via video in a court hearing Monday and was advised by the judge to apply for a public defender.
Another man in the vehicle, Demetrius T. Young Jr., 20, of Columbia, was also arrested Friday and charged Saturday, for marijuana