Search Warrant

By Chief Patrick Burton

Officers with the Licking Police Department, along with the South-Central Drug Task Force, conducted a long-term narcotics investigation for the residence located at 111 Sherrill Street. A search warrant for the residence was obtained and on March 06, 2020, at approximately 0930 hours, the Licking Police Department, along with the Texas County Sheriff’s Office and the South-Central Drug Task Force executed the narcotics search warrant at the residence.
Upon arrival to the residence, officers gained entry into the residence and made contact with Evan Lawson, Samantha Karnes and three juvenile children. Once the residence was secure, officers conducted a search and during the course of the search, numerous items of illegal drug paraphernalia and narcotics were located inside the upstairs bedroom. Several of the seized paraphernalia items field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Also located in the bedroom were several small capsules, which contained a white powdery substance, reported to be Fentanyl and Heroin. All narcotics and paraphernalia were accessible by the juvenile children present at the time of the search warrant being executed.
Karnes and Lawson were arrested, at the scene, and transported to the Texas County Jail.  Probable Cause Statements for both suspects have been sent to the Texas County Prosecuting Attorney’s office seeking the following charges:
1) Possession of Controlled Substance Except 35 grams or less of Marijuana, a class D Felony
2) Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a class D Misdemeanor
3) Endangering the Welfare of a Child Involving Drugs 1st Degree- first Offense, a class D Misdemeanor
The above information is just mere accusations and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of any charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence. 



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