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December 7, 2012

Three people arrested in search warrant execution

MT. VERNON — — Three people were arrested Wednesday after the Mt. Vernon Jefferson County High Risk Team executed a search warrant at a local residence.

Richard D. Finley, 39, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and possession of drug equipment.

Bianca R. Basile, 17, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, possession of drug equipment and possession of a controlled substance.

Jerry A. England, 36, of the 300 block of South Second Street, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, possession of drug equipment and possession of a controlled substance.

The High Risk Team executed the search warrant at 7643 North Illinois Highway 37 after investigations by the Mt. Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division developed information that synthetic drugs commonly referred to as “bath salts” were being sold from the residence.

The search warrant was prepared with the assistance of the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s Office and was signed by the Honorable Judge Overstreet. Upon execution of the search warrant by the joint High Risk Team, four people were initially detained. During a search by narcotics division detectives, small quantities of “bath salts” were found, as well as an inactive methamphetamine manufacturing lab, drug equipment and an amount of money.

Due to the belief by the narcotics division that the suspects should have had a much larger amount of the synthetic drug in their possession, an extensive search of the woods behind the residence was conducted by HRT officers and a Mt. Vernon Police Department K-9 team. After about 45 minutes of searching, the K-9 team located a large amount of the synthetic drug hidden in the woods, buried under a pile of leaves.

Charges in reference to the large amount of the synthetic drug commonly known as “bath salts” are pending review by the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s office.

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