MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon woman is charged with destroying evidence while inside a police cruiser.

Amanda R. Berry, 31, Mount Vernon, was indicted Monday by the grand jury on charges of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony; and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

According to Assistant Knox County Prosecuting Attorney David Merrell, Berry was in a vehicle stopped for a traffic offense July 20. Berry indicated she had drugs in her possession, and a tin containing a crystal-like substance believed to be meth was located on her person, Merrell said. Berry was placed in a police cruiser where it is believed she “destroyed a significant amount” of drugs by crushing it in her hands, Merrell said, evidenced by white powder on Berry’s fingers and shards and powder found on the floor of the cruiser.


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




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