MOUNT VERNON — A weapons search should have ended after a police officer found a dowel rod instead of a suspected firearm on a Mount Vernon man arrested Jan. 23, according to Public Defender John Pyle.
In a motion to suppress hearing Thursday in Knox County Common Plea Court, Pyle argued that a search of Raymond Garrison, 39, was not justifiable under Ohio law. The search, by Mount Vernon Police Officer Jessica Butler, turned up methamphetamine inside Garrison’s pocket.
Garrison was charged with aggravated possession of drugs and obstructing official business as a result of the search.
According to testimony at Thursday’s hearing, Garrison was brought to Butler’s attention at a North Sandusky Street business. Butler said she was on patrol duty and stopped to get a snack at about 2:30 a.m. at the business, when a Warsaw man in the parking lot told her he thought he saw a man inside with a weapon sticking out of the sleeve of his coat.