MVPD ARRESTS CARLINVILLE MAN ON DRUG AND WEAPONS CHARGES

A 31-YEAR-OLD CARLINVILLE MAN IS IN THE JEFFERSON COUNTY JAIL AFTER MT. VERNON POLICE ARRESTED HIM EARLY MONDAY MORNING ON DRUG AND WEAPONS-RELATED CHARGES. AROUND 1:30 A.M. MONDAY, A MT VERNON POLICE OFFICER REPORTEDLY OBSERVED A VEHICLE PARKED AT A BUSINESS IN THE 2700 BLOCK OF VETERANS MEMORIAL DRIVE AND DUE TO SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES BEGAN TO INVESTIGATE FURTHER. DURING THE INVESTIGATION, THE OFFICER MADE CONTACT WITH A MALE SUBJECT, LATER IDENTIFIED AS RYAN W. SMITH FROM CARLINVILLE. SMITH INITIALLY PROVIDED THE OFFICER WITH FALSE INFORMATION ABOUT HIS IDENTITY. AS A RESULT OF THE INVESTIGATION, OFFICERS LOCATED A LOADED PISTOL, METHAMPHETAMINE, SCHEDULE IV NARCOTICS, PACKAGING MATERIALS, A WEIGHING SCALE, AMMUNITION, AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. ADDITIONALLY, A VEHICLE AND CURRENCY WERE SEIZED PENDING FORFEITURE. SMITH WAS TAKEN TO THE JEFFERSON COUNTY JAIL ON CHARGES OF ARMED VIOLENCE, UNLAWFUL USE OF A WEAPON, MANUFACTURE / DELIVERY OF METHAMPHETAMINE, POSSESSION OF DRUG EQUIPMENT, OBSTRUCTING IDENTIFICATION, DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED, AND IMPROPER USE OF REGISTRATION. BAIL REMAINS TO BE SET. SMITH IS ALREADY FACING NINE DRUG-RELATED CHARGES IN CLINTON COUNTY STEMMING FROM AN OCTOBER TRAFFIC STOP. IN THAT CASE HE WAS CHARGED WITH CLASS X FELONY DELIVERY OF BETWEEN 15 AND 100 GRAMS OF METH, TWO CLASS 1 FELONY CHARGES, ONE FOR THE MANUFACTURE WITH THE INTENT TO DELIVER COCAINE AND ONE FOR THE MANUFACTURE WITH THE INTENT TO DELIVER HEROIN, TWO COUNTS CLASS 3 POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE 4 NARCOTICS, TWO COUNTS POSSESSION SCHEDULED 1 AND 2 NARCOTICS, CLASS 4 FELONY DELIVERY OF BETWEEN 10 AND 30 GRAMS OF CANNABIS, AND MISDEMEANOR POSSESSION OF HYPODERMIC SYRINGE. SMITH WAS FREED ON $5,000 BOND IN THAT CASE AND IS SCHEDULED FOR A DECEMBER 13 STATUS HEARING.

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