Joshua Morrison/News Judge Richard Wetzel does his best to follow a video played in court on Tuesday afternoon. The shaky footage shows a drug buy captured by a confidential informant at 807 North Mulberry Street.

Joshua Morrison/Mount Vernon News

Judge Richard Wetzel does his best to follow a video played in court on Tuesday afternoon. The shaky footage shows a drug buy captured by a confidential informant at 807 North Mulberry Street. Request this photo

 

MOUNT VERNON — Two men set up shop dealing drugs from Rose Hayes’ residence through fear and intimidation, according to testimony Tuesday in Knox County Common Pleas Court.

Hayes, 51, is contesting allegations in a two-day jury trial that she allowed drug trafficking to occur at her 807 N. Mulberry St., Mount Vernon apartment. Hayes is charged with one count of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony.

That a 36-year-old Columbus drug dealer named Sabian Chatman sold heroin from the residence for several months in 2016 is not in question at the trial. Hayes’ attorney, Andrew Wick, said that Chatman and another drug dealer identified only as ‘B’ used fear to keep the residents of Hayes’ apartment from doing anything about the illegal activity.

 

Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or nsabo@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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