MOUNT VERNON — A Fredericktown man was arrested Thursday following a raid at his residence.
According to Knox County Sheriff David Barber, detectives and the KCSO Tactical Response Unit executed a search warrant at 16 E. Fourth St., Fredericktown, at noon Thursday.
Barber said 31-year-old Robert P. Wright was arrested and is being held in the Knox County Jail on charges of trafficking in marijuana. Additional charges are expected to be filed against Wright once the case is turned over to the Knox County Prosecutor’s Office.
Detectives discovered an indoor marijuana growing operation in the basement of the residence and 48 growing marijuana plants were found in Wright’s backyard. Detectives also seized several firearms and ammunition, cash, dried marijuana and paraphernalia from the residence.
The Fredericktown Police Department provided assistance at the scene and this continuing investigation is being handled by Detective Doug Turpen.
In an unrelated drug case, deputies seized 100 growing marijuana plants from two locations east of Mount Vernon on Tuesday. So far there have been no arrests made in connection with those plants.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is an active member of the 10-county METRICH Enforcement Unit.
Barber encourages anyone with information about drug activity in Knox County to contact the Detective Division at 393-6800 or the toll-free Crime Tip Line at 888-363-TIPS (888-363-8477).