MOUNT VERNON — An ongoing investigation by the Mount Vernon Police Department into heroin trafficking resulted in the arrest of three individuals Tuesday afternoon.
“We had complaints,” Detective Cpl. Matt Dailey told the News this morning. “Most of our information was part of an investigation,” he said.
Arrested for trafficking in heroin were Richard Lee Posey Jr., 27, and Mary K. McGregor, 31, both of 105 Coshocton Ave., Apt. 3. Jodiah Leigh Berger, 31, also of Mount Vernon, was arrested for a probation violation.
Dailey reported that the MVPD officers made a traffic stop on Posey near the intersection of North Gay and Pleasant streets Tuesday afternoon. Items were seized from his possession and he was taken into custody. His vehicle was impounded. A search warrant was then executed by the Emergency Services Unit at the apartment, where the other suspects were arrested with the heroin and other drugs. Patrol officers secured the area and building while the ESU conducted the raid on the apartment.
Heroin, crack cocaine, oxycodone, cash and drug paraphernalia were seized from the apartment. When asked about the quantities of the drugs found in the raid, Dailey declined to comment. No weapons were found, but several stolen items were recovered. Dailey stated the police department is also looking into links for other possible crimes involving the suspects.
“This is a large source of heroin that is being distributed all over Mount Vernon to different locations,” said Dailey about the arrest of Posey and McGregor. “[Posey] was the head guy. This is going to cut off the lower end dealers.”
Dailey believes that this could “slow down traffic for a while,” but is wary that other dealers could pick up activity in the Mount Vernon area.
“And this blossoms into other crimes,” said Dailey. “A lot of your break-ins, thefts from vehicles, robberies ... that stuff’s drug-driven. They have to make money to buy the drugs. So they go out and commit other crimes to be able to purchase their narcotics. That’s why we want to work the drugs so hard. If we can slow this down, it will slow down our other crimes, too.”
Jennifer, a neighbor of the Coshocton Avenue address, told the News she has made several complaints about the activity in the apartment. She described the events that led to two of the arrests.
She described the police raid as being “very orderly” as the ESU entered the apartment with guns. She saw smoke coming from a stairway following two loud booms.
Jennifer claimed the officers came to her house to explain the events to her following the arrests. “That was very nice,” she said. She was told that the police department had been watching the apartment for several months and that the suspects were part of a very large operation. “They wanted to let us know that they took down someone that was not a small dealer. That was so nice of them. They just put us at ease,” she said.
“We’ve been very vigilant with our drug investigations. We are firm believers in proactive law enforcement ... not reactive,” said Dailey. “We don’t wait for the crime to happen and then solve it. We try to prevent crimes.”
All three arrested Tuesday are in the Knox County Jail. Posey and McGregor will have a bond hearing, while Berger will be scheduled for a parole hearing.
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