MOUNT VERNON — Charges are pending against two Columbus men for allegedly selling meth and heroin from a Mount Vernon residence.
Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville said felony counts of drug possession and drug trafficking are being prepared against two men arrested Monday at a 500 block East Gambier Street residence. The charges include possession of drugs, a second-degree felony, and trafficking drugs in the vicinity of a school, a third-degree felony, McConville said.
The two men were arrested following the execution of a search warrant Monday by tactical units from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Mount Vernon Police Department. The warrant gave permission to law enforcement to enter unannounced, what is known as a “no-knock” search warrant.
The investigation was led by the sheriff’s office. Sheriff David Shaffer, writing in a press release, said the search warrant is “part of ongoing investigations relating to drug trafficking complaints.”
Charges may also be filed against other individuals present when the search warrant was executed, McConville said.
According to the affidavit for the search warrant, the two men were trafficking drugs out of two downstairs apartments, using an intermediary. Someone wishing to buy drugs would contact the intermediary, and the men would retrieve the drugs to be sold.
The affidavit states the drugs were stored in a freezer in one of the apartments.
The two men would rotate in and out of the apartments, with one of them “usually” present. A tenant of at least one of the apartments was being paid to use the apartment to sell drugs, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit states that the men were known to carry firearms in the waistbands of their pants. The SO requested the no-knock search warrant, citing officer safety. However, no firearms were recovered when the search warrant was executed, McConville said.
What was recovered was “a lot of drugs” and approximately $1,700 in cash, McConville said. McConville said 70 grams of meth and 28 grams of black tar heroin were seized, as well as a bag of an unidentified powder substance believed to be drugs.
The meth and black tar heroin were field tested. However, McConville said the powdered substance was not tested because of risk of exposure if the substance is heroin or fentanyl, which can be absorbed through the skin.