Mt. Vernon Police Arrest Three In Raid On Home Where 'Bath Salts' Were Allegedly Sold
Three people were taken into custody after the search warrant was executed on Wednesday by the Mt. Vernon-Jefferson County High Risk Team at the home at 7643 Illinois Route 37 just south of Mt. Vernon. 39-year-old Richard Finley is being held for possession of meth manufacturing materials and possession of drug equipment. 17-year-old Bianca Basile and 36-year-old Jerry England were arrested for possession of meth manufacturing materials, possession of drug equipment and possession of a controlled substance. A fourth person in the home was released without being charged.
Narcotics Division Detectives say small quantities of the 'bath salts' were found as well as an inactive meth manufacturing lab, drug equipment and U.S. currency. It was believed the suspects should have had a much large amount of synthetic drug in their possession and an extensive search of the woods behind the residence was conducted by high risk team officers and a Mt. Vernon Police Department K9 team. After searching about 45 minutes, the K-9 team located a large amount of the synthetic drug hidden in the woods, buried under a pile of leaves.
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