Columbia residents complaints help catch alleged drug dealer

Columbia - The Columbia Police Department's Fugitive Apprehension Unit, also know as the Community Enhancement Team took several ounces of crack cocaine off the streets over the weekend.

Eddie Oatis Jr., was arrested around 2am Saturday morning following numerous complains from residents in the community about drug dealing from a particular house.

Police surveyed the location and made entry into the residence at 1110 West Ave., and found a large amount of crack cocaine, guns, and cash. Oatis was then arrested and charged.

Detective Richard Pack with the Columbia Police Department said its all a result of officers getting out into the community and listening to the concerns of law abiding citizens.

"What's happening now is that the Community Enhancement Team is getting out with the public. Talking to the kids and giving them a little candy and talking to neighbors to find out what we can do in their community to help make it a better place for them to live. They are starting to come forward and actually giving us some leads and information on the drug activity," Pack said.

Eddie Oatis Jr., is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute within 1,500 feet of a school or church while in possession of a firearm. His bond is set at $100,000.