MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County grand jury charged two individuals with drug trafficking offenses following an Aug. 17 search warrant.

The grand jury charged Kenneth E. Sweet, 39, Mount Vernon, with aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. Julie K. Noel, 38, Mount Vernon, was charged with complicity in the commission of aggravated trafficking in drugs for allegedly aiding or abetting Sweet. The charge against Noel is a fourth-degree felony.

The charges stem from Aug. 17, the same day the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Mount Vernon Police Department served a search warrant at Sweet’s Ash Street residence. According to the search warrant affidavit, Sweet’s residence was under surveillance by KCSO officers since early June. Officers made at least four traffic stops on individuals leaving Sweet’s residence in which they discovered meth or meth-related paraphernalia, according to the affidavit. In two of the stops, the vehicle occupants identified Sweet as the person who sold the meth to them. One individual stated they had paid $20 for the meth.

In a stop on a vehicle observed leaving Sweet’s residence, a vehicle occupant turned over a used syringe to officers and said he had injected meth just prior to the traffic stop, according to the affidavit.

The search warrant turned up about three grams of meth at Sweet’s residence, Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville said. The state is further seeking forfeiture of $165 in cash seized from Sweet as the alleged proceeds of drug trafficking.

Also indicted on drug trafficking charges from a separate incident is Anthony S. Anderson, 24, Mount Vernon. Anderson is charged with aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony, and aggravated trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony.

The charges stem from Aug. 23 and allege Anderson was in possession of 18 grams of meth. The state is further seeking forfeiture of $210 in cash as the proceeds of drug trafficking.

Also indicted by the grand jury were: Emily A. Peck, 64, Mount Vernon, complicity in the commission of theft, a fifth-degree felony; Kiara F. Johnson, 18, Mount Vernon, aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; Van J. Ward, 36, Fredericktown, aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; Joshua D. Evans, 39, Mount Vernon, aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; Ronald A. Michels, 64, Mount Vernon, aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; Samuel J. Tomblin, 51, Mount Vernon, aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony; and Luke W. Harris, 23, Mount Vernon, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor, illegal use or possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia, a minor misdemeanor.

 

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

 

 

 

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