Two Columbus men face multiple felony charges after an early-morning raid April 5.

Samuel Edwards, 46, of East Eighth Avenue and Michael P. Taylor, 23, of Bellows Avenue were arrested at an East Eighth Avenue residence in Columbus.

Edwards was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of heroin, both second-degree felonies.

Taylor was charged with possession of oxycodone and illegal possession of food stamps, both fifth-degree felonies.

Additional charges against each are expected, Whitehall police Sgt. Dan Kelso said.

SWAT teams from Reynoldsburg and Whitehall police entered a residence at 6 a.m. The search warrant was executed at that hour because the house is about 300 feet away from East Columbus Elementary School, Kelso said.

Edwards and Taylor are accused of selling drugs and trading drugs for food-stamp cards, police said.

In the search, police recovered 20 food-stamp cards, 18 grams of heroin, 5.5 grams of crack cocaine, oxycodone tablets and more than $1,600 in cash.

"These individuals were known to Whitehall police for dealing drugs (in Whitehall)," Kelso said.

The investigation also revealed that people who had purchased drugs from the suspects had stolen personal property or store merchandise in Whitehall to pay for the drugs, Kelso said.

Edwards and Taylor were transported to the Franklin County Jail and arraigned April 6 in Franklin County Municipal Court, according to court records.

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