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January 13, 2014

Search warrant executed in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE — On Jan. 12, at approximately 8:25 p.m. members of the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force with the assistance of the Knoxville Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Office executed a drug search warrant at 1207 Gebhardt St #3 in Knoxville where illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia were seized. 

As a result of the search warrant, two individuals were taken to the Marion County Jail on drug charges awaiting initial appearances. Nora Pettyjohn, age 47 of Knoxville, is charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine less than five grams, 12 counts of possession of a prescription drug without a prescription, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug house. 

Jimmy Kendall, age 51 of Knoxville, charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver less than five grams, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, 14 counts of possession of a prescription drug without a prescription, maintaining a drug house and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine less than five grams is a class “C” felony, possession of schedule IV controlled substance is an aggravated misdemeanor, possession of prescription drugs without a prescription is an aggravated misdemeanor,  maintaining a drug house an aggravated misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia a simple misdemeanor.

The Knoxville Police Department K-9 drug detecting dog was also on scene to assist in executing the search warrant and searching of the property.

The Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force is based in Des Moines and currently has 16 central Iowa agencies participating in the task force including the Jasper and Marion County Sheriff’s Offices, Knoxville, Newton, and Pella Police Departments.

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