A Conway man believed to be a local gang member is behind bars in lieu of a $75,000 bond following a drug bust conducted by the Conway SWAT Team on Monday.
Rickey Lealyn Fuller, 20, faces six felony charges — simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of firearms by certain persons, maintaining a drug premises in a drug-free zone, possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver (one count for meth cocaine and a second for marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia — as well as a misdemeanor-level possession of drug paraphernalia charge following the search.
The Conway Police Department sought a search warrant for Fuller’s Virginia Street resident after receiving a tip from a confidential informant that Mario Shaquan Fennell, 25, was “selling large amounts of marijuana out of his home.” The informant also said Fuller lived at the home along with Fennell's girlfriend and an infant child.
According to the informant’s statement on July 24, Fennell was expecting “another large supply of marijuana in the next day or two.”
Along with other information provided in the search warrant affidavit, authorities said Fennell was convicted in July 2014 and May 2015 after he sold marijuana and Xanax to an undercover Conway officer.
After a circuit judge on Monday approved the search warrant request, the Conway SWAT Team headed over to the residence in question to conduct the search.
Fuller and Fennell, who were the only two individuals inside, were immediately detained as authorities searched through the Virginia Street apartment.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed against the two, after receiving his Miranda Rights, Fennell told investigator Jeran Smith he didn’t “know nothing about them straps,” referring to firearms within the home, prior to police completing the search.
“Due to Fennell telling me about possible firearms in his home, this indicated that he knew firearms were in his home,” Smith wrote in his report.
Following the search, authorities seized multiple firearms and ammunition, along with jars and bags of marijuana, Ecstasy pills, an iPhone, a black ski mask, $1,624 in cash, a book of gang rules and other paraphernalia.
Regarding the “BLOCC Crip Rules” book that was found inside Fuller’s bedroom, investigators described the piece as “a set of rules or a handbook for gang members.”
“The rules give specific instructions on what to do when encouraged by police or law enforcement,” Smith’s report states, adding that Fuller “has been investigated by [the] Conway Police Department in the past for being an associated gang member with ‘Squad 3.’”
Formal charges were filed against the two Thursday morning.
District Judge David L. Reynolds on Wednesday ordered Fuller remain behind bars in lieu of a $75,000 following the incident. Fennell is being held in the Faulkner County Detention Center on a $5,000, which is subject to a parole hold.
Both defendants are scheduled to appear Aug. 26 in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a plea and arraignment hearing regarding the allegations against them.
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