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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Crockett drug case bound over to Circuit Court

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  • Kylee Laron Crockett’s case was bound over to Circuit Court following her preliminary hearing before Judge John J. Jackson on Monday morning, March 10.
    Crockett, who is free on $50,000 surety bond, sat beside her attorney, public defender Jennifer Richardson, as David Clayton, prosecutor, called witnesses on behalf of the state.
    Sgt. Jennifer Grote, a 14-year veteran of the Hannibal Police Department and a member of the Criminal Investigation Unit, said that she was among the officers who executed a search warrant in the 3300 block of Market Street Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 21. “I searched her (at the scene), starting at the top and working down,” Grote said. “I checked the waistband area, and thought I felt something between her legs.”
    Jessica Sparks, a Hannibal police officer for almost two years, testified that on Jan. 21, 2014, Sgt. Jennifer Grote asked her to conduct a strip search of the suspect at the Hannibal Police Department. Found were two plastic bags, Sparks said, containing what she believed was contraband. “When I asked her what it was, she (Crockett) shrugged,” Sparks testified.
     Sgt. Grote did not participate in the search at the police station, but she did conduct the tests on the bags. One tested positive for marijuana, Grote said, and the other bag contained two separate substances, heroin and cocaine.
    Judge Jackson found probable cause and scheduled Crockett for arraignment before Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd in Marion County Circuit Court at Hannibal at 9:30 a.m. March 17.
    Crockett, 20, of Hannibal, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, Class C felonies.
    Also arrested on Jan. 21 was Vanell B. Williams, 29, of St. Louis.
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