Drug Sweep Hits Jefferson County

(MT. VERNON, IL) — A warrant sweep through Jefferson County Wednesday has so far resulted in the arrests of 10 people on drug-related charges. Members of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office began an effort of locating and arresting several individuals wanted on drug related warrants throughout Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County. The warrants were issued by the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s office and were signed by the Honorable Judge Jo Beth Weber, following approximately 6 months of on-going investigations by the MVPD/JCSO Narcotics Division. A total of 23 individuals were being sought on drug related charges which include the following: Eleven were wanted on meth related charges, two were wanted on cannabis related charges, a person wanted on prescription drug related charges, three wanted on heroin related charges, four wanted on crack cocaine related charges, a person wanted on unlawful sale of stolen firearms charges, and a person wanted on delivery of a look-a-like substance charges. As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, ten of the wanted individuals have been located and arrested. One the individuals arrested, 34-year-old Donald Weston, was arrested by the West Frankfort Police Department and a second, 32-year-old Amanda York, was arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Others arrested include 48-year-old Melissa J. Butler; 22-year-old Cheyenna M. Downs; 39-year-old Fernandus Jones; 39-year-old Michael D. Glenn; 48-year-old Jeffrey S. Moore; 33-year-old Athena M. Owens; 34-year-old April D. Scott; and 41-year-old Rodney J. Starr.