Foot pursuit ends in arrests for drug charges

Two men were arrested in Columbia after trying to run away from police

POSTED: 07:40 AM CDT Jul 04, 2013 
Rockus Roland and Denzell Smith
COLUMBIA, Mo. -

Two Columbia men were arrested Wednesday afternoon after they tried to run away from police officers. The officers in plain clothes said Rockus Roland, 23, and Denzell Smith, 22, were acting suspiciously in a parked vehicle near Garth Avenue and Benton Street.

According to police, when Smith and Roland saw the officers, they tried to leave in their car, and then ran away on foot. The officers caught up to both men and arrested them.

Ruckus was arrested for distribution and delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, property damage, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Smith was arrested for distribution and delivery of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, assault on a law enforcement officer and a no-bond parole and probation warrant.