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UPDATE: EPD arrests 3 after drugs, guns found near childrens beds

February 17th, 2014 1:58 pm by Max Hrenda

UPDATE: EPD arrests 3 after drugs, guns found near childrens beds

From top, Kendrick Todd Stanley, William Issac Jackson, Latari Monique Jackson were arrested Monday morning on drug, weapons, theft, and child abuse charges.

Acting on a search warrant for suspected drug-related activity at a Johnson City apartment, Elizabethton Police Department officers said they found drugs stored next to a baby’s crib.

On Sunday night, police arrested Kendrick Todd Stanley, 26, William Isaac Jackson, 25, and Latari Monique Jackson, 31, at their residence at 124 Reeser Road, Apt. 51, after they said they found drugs, drug paraphernalia and firearms inside.

Along with the three adults, the apartment also housed three children, a 5-year-old, a 2-year-old, and a 3-month-old. In the arrest report, EPD Patrol and K9 Officer Sarah Ellison said that she and her K9 partner, Kero, discovered a cache of marijuana that was kept “at the end of the child’s crib” in the apartment’s master bedroom.

Additionally, EPD Patrol Officer John Bulla said five firearms were found inside the apartment, four of which were kept in gun safes and one of which was found inside a dresser drawer in the master bedroom. Bulla added that the three guns found in the master bedroom were found loaded, with chambered rounds, including the one found inside the dresser.

According to the report, the EPD’s Special Response Team arrived at the apartment about 7:04 p.m. After presenting the warrant, Bulla said Stanley, William Jackson, and Latari Jackson were taken into custody while the search was conducted. Along with the three children, Bulla said, William Jackson’s mother, who was not identified, was found inside as well. Bulla said she was visiting, however, and was not charged with a crime.

Once the residence was secured, Ellison said she and Kero searched the apartment, starting with the upstairs. During that search, Ellison said, she noted changes in Kero’s behavior when they investigated the two bedrooms. In response to Kero’s reactions, Ellison said she recovered a “quantity of marijuana, baggies and cash at the end of the child’s crib,” as well as a gun safe at the end of the bed.

In the second bedroom, Ellison said Kero discovered another gun safe being stored underneath a blue tub, which Bulla said was “near the children’s bed.”

Of the five firearms found inside the apartment, Bulla said, one was identified as stolen from an owner in Johnson City.

Bulla said a further search of the bedrooms uncovered more evidence. Inside the master bedroom, Bulla said, police found a glass jar containing what would later be counted as 7.5 grams of marijuana as well as two digital scales. When the search moved downstairs, Bulla said, more marijuana was found on a table in the living room, though he did not specify the quantity.

As the search progressed into the kitchen, Bulla said, police found seven plastic bags containing a “white rock substance” — which field tests determined was cocaine — inside a drawer, along with a digital scale displaying traces of a white residue. The drawer, according to Bulla, was “within easy reach of the children.”

William Jackson, Latari Jackson and Stanley were all charged with maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are sold, unlawful drug paraphernalia, possession of a schedule IV drug for resale, possession of a schedule II drug for resale and attempted child neglect.

Additionally, because Latari Jackson and William Jackson had each received prior felony convictions, they were each charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of stolen property.

The three were taken to the Carter County Detention Center. Stanley was held on two bonds totaling $55,000, while William Jackson and Latari Jackson were held on three bonds totaling $70,000. They were assigned a tentative court date of March 24 to face their respective charges in Sessions Court.

The three children were placed into the care of one of Latari Jackson’s relatives.

REPORTED EARLIER:

The Elizabethton Police Department arrested three people after they said a K9 unit found drugs sitting adjacent to a child's crib.

On Sunday night, the EPD arrested Kendrick Todd Stanley, 26, William Isaac Jackson, 25, and Latari Monique Jackson, 31, after carrying out a warrant that alleged criminal activity at their shared residence at 124 Reeser Road Apartment 51, which was also occupied by three children, ages 5, 2, and 3 months.

After carrying out the warrant, EPD Patrol Officer Sarah Ellison said her K9 partner, Kero, discovered marijuana at the end of a crib in the apartment's master bedroom. Additionally, EPD Patrol Officer John Bulla said police found a white rock substance that was later identified as cocaine.

All three have been charged with child abuse and neglect, unlawful drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule II and schedule IV drugs, and maintaining a dwelling for the manufacture, sale, or delivery of drugs. In addition, William Jackson and Latari Jackson were also charged with unlawful possession or carrying of a weapon, and possession of a firearm during an attempt to commit a crime.

Check back here for more details on this story as they become available.

REPORTED EARLIER:

The Elizabethton Police Department has arrested three Johnson City residents on drug, theft, weapons, and child abuse charges.

On Sunday night, EPD Officer John Bulla arrested Kendrick Todd Stanley, 26, William Isaac Jackson, 25, and Latari Monique Jackson, 31, as a result of an investigation into alleged criminal activity at their Johnson City residence.

According to the Carter County Sheriff's Department's online inmate registry, all three have been charged with child abuse and neglect, unlawful drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule II and schedule IV drugs, and maintaining a dwelling for the manufacture, sale, or delivery of drugs. In addition, William Jackson and Latari Jackson were also charged with unlawful possession or carrying of a weapon, and possession of a firearm during an attempt to commit a crime.

Though an official report has yet to be released, EPD Capt. Jerry Bradley said the arrests were made as the result of a criminal investigation.

Check back here for more details on this story as they become available.

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