MT. VERNON — Ten Jefferson County residents were taken into custody on Wednesday following a warrant sweep conducted by the joint narcotics unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
Approximately 22 warrants were issued by the Jefferson County state's attorney's office and signed by Judge Jo Beth Weber, after approximately three months of ongoing investigations by the MVPD/JCSO Narcotics Division.
All those taken into custody were charged with unlawful purchase of methamphetamine precursor without a prescription, a Class 4 felony. In addition to the warrants served, two of those arrested were charged with other drug violations.
Those arrested on Wednesday include:
n Phillip Chapman, 33, Mt. Vernon
n Joseph D. Webb II, 32, of the 600 block of South 22nd Street
n Marty G. Lewis, 55, Bluford
n Matthew R. Belmont, 31, Bluford
n Karen L. Garrison, 54, of the 200 block of Casey Avenue
n Monty D. Hamson, 43, of the 1300 block of South 25th Street
n Brandy N. Pierce, 30, Bonnie
n Abigail A. Little, 35, Mt. Vernon
n Johnny W. Jones, 36, Dix
n Jessica E. Cermak, 31, of the 800 block of Taylor Avenue
Police discovered an active meth lab at the home of Pierce on Matisse Lane in Bonnie, and Hamson was found to be in possession of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest. Further charges are pending, according to police.
"This investigation revolved around the use of meth in our county. We continue to investigate all drug cases," said Mt. Vernon Chief of Police Chris Mendenall. "We have limited resources and investigations are time consuming. Based on the need and reports from the general public is how investigations are conducted. It is one of our top priorities."
The sweep this week was the fifth this year conducted by police. Approximately 111 people have been charged with drug related crimes in the Mt. Vernon/Jefferson County area, police report. Additional arrest warrants will be issued and served in the near future, according to Mendenall.
Police encourage the public to contact them at 242-6800 or call the Jefferson County Crime Stoppers hotline at 242-8477 with information of alleged illegal drug activity in their neighborhoods.