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February 20, 2014

Drug sweeps nets 10 arrests

MT. VERNON — —

Members of the Joint Narcotics Division of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office arrested 10 people Wednesday on various drug-related charges. More arrests were pending.

A total of 25 persons were being sought on drug-related charges following eight months of ongoing investigations.

Those arrested, and the charges, include:

  •  Monty Hamson, 44, 1300 block of South 25th Street, possession of a controlled substance.
  •  Denise Houston, 40, 1300 block of South 25th Street, possession of a controlled substance.
  •  Betty Henry, 53, of the 500 block of South 18th Street, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  •  Sylvia Kibler, 25, of the 4100 block of Willow Springs, unlawful delivery of cannabis.
  •  Phillip Johnson, 32, of the 600 block of South 23rd Street, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  •  Brenda Anderson, 58, of the 800 block of South 19th Street, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  •  Sherry Brown, 56, of the 300 block of Templeton, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  •  Ryan Pigg, 32, of the 9400 block of Forbes Lane, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  •  Brian Fear, 39, Dix, unlawful purchase of meth precursor.
  •  Arthur Highfill, 42, of the 1500 block of Shawnee, unlawful purchase of meth precursor.

During the arrests of Hamson and Houston at their residence, items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were observed in plain view and Narcotics Division detectives requested and received a search warrant to further the investigation.

Additional charges are expected to be lodged against Hamson and Houston as a result of the finding.

The warrants were issued by the state's attorney's office and were signed by Judge Jo Beth Weber.

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