Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
October 9, 2012 10:42 am EDT


MOUNT VERNON — Bond was set at $50,000 Monday afternoon for Demonno A. Rhodes, 35, of Mount Vernon, on two felony drug charges.


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The two charges presented by county prosecutor Chip McConville included obtaining, possessing, or using cocaine, a fifth-degree felony based on the number of grams that were seized. The second charge was for obtaining, possessing, or using heroin and charged as a fourth-degree felony.

The charges could result in prison terms of 18 months for the heroin charge and one year for the cocaine possession. The charges could also incur fines of $5,000 and $25,000, respectively.

The bond was set, Municipal Court Judge Paul Spurgeon said, based on Rhodes’ three previous charges on record in Ohio.

Rhodes told the judge he was born and raised in Franklin County and had only been living in Mount Vernon approximately one month. He made no response to the charges, but asked the judge to confirm that he could be released that day if he was able to post bond.

Rhodes was to remain in jail until the $50,000 bond was posted or until the case appeared before the grand jury.

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Mount Vernon police arrested Rhodes early Saturday morning, at 457 Fairmont Ave., after the Emergency Services Unit entered the residence, acting on a “no knock” search warrant.

The ESU team and detectives, assisted by uniformed officers, confiscated heroin, cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and cash. Rhodes was taken into custody and charged.

A woman was also in the residence and charges are expected to be filed against her this week. Three other individuals were detained but released during the search and are not expected to be charged.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. Judge Spurgeon advised Rhodes that if the grand jury indicted him earlier in the day based on probable cause, there would be no preliminary hearing. If probable cause was not established, the charges would be dropped.

The Mount Vernon Police Department is taking pro-active measures to reduce illegal drug activity in the city, said chief Mike Merrilees. The department is a member of METRICH, the regional drug task force based in Richland County that covers nine north central Ohio counties.

Contact Rhonda Bletner

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