MT. VERNON — —
A week long warrant sweep executed by the joint narcotics division resulted in several arrests for those allegedly involved in the sale and production of cannabis and methamphetamine.
The sweep, which was held from Sept. 13 through Sept. 21, was conducted with assistance from the patrol and detective divisions of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s office.
- D. Angelo Blount, 25, of Mt. Vernon, was arrested Sept. 13 on a charge of unlawful delivery of cannabis within 1,000 feet of Optimist Park.
- Gregory W. Coomes, 37, and Stacy A. Ellis, 37, were arrested on Sept. 13 on warrants charging them with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. They were arrested at their residence on South 27th Street. According to police, additional quantities of methamphetamine were recovered during the arrest. Additional investigations led to another search warrant being executed in Oak Grove Village, a residence being rented by Coomes. Detectives discovered a “significant” meth manufacturing operation at that location, and is expected to lead to additional charges.
- Gregory S. Minor, 32, was arrested Sept. 14 on charges of possession of methamphetamine.
- Shelly R. Myogeto was arrested Sept. 14 on charges of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a church. At the time of her arrest, police found methamphetamine on her person, which is expected to lead to additional charges.
- Jeffrey S. Ledbetter, 42, was arrested Sept. 18 on a warrant charging he was involved in and in possession of items used to manufacture methamphetamine. Ledbetter was stopped by detectives in the 1800 block of Logan Street and arrested after being found in possession of several items used to manufacture methamphetamine.
- Michael D. Cole, 52, and Julia A. Snow, 51, were arrested Sept. 19 on warrants charging them with possession of methamphetamine manufacturing chemicals. According to police, during the arrest of Cole at his home in the Opdyke area, he was found to be in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine with a second individual. Cole and the other person are facing additional charges in the future.
An investigation of a report of someone trying to sell stolen firearms led police to drug arrests on Sept. 21.
According to police, detectives, along with members of the MVPD patrol division and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a traffic stop on the suspect’s vehicle and recovered a total of 11 stolen firearms as well as other items, which were reported taken in a residential burglary in Marion County earlier in the day. Nathaniel L. Benjamin, 22, was the driver of the vehicle, and was arrested on charges of possession of stolen firearms and on methamphetamine manufacturing charges, as a “one pot” meth lab was found in the back of the truck he was driving.
The investigation further led police to obtain a search warrant for the 1000 block of Pace Street, the home of Peter Johnson, 52. A search led to recovery of an additional stolen firearm from the Marion County burglary. Johnson was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Later on Sept. 21, narcotics division detectives and the joint High Risk Team executed two warrants at Rolling Meadows trailer court. No one was located at one of the two locations, however, numerous items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were discovered.
John W. Phillips, 48, Courtney R. Pepple, 30, and Melissa J. Miller, 45, were all arrested on charges of possession/manufacture of methamphetamine after items used in the manufacture of meth were found at their residence. Two persons are still being sought in connection with one of the search warrants executed at Rolling Meadows.