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Kennett PD make several arrests after complaints of K2 near park, elementary school

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Otis Yancey (Source: Dunklin County Justice Center) Otis Yancey (Source: Dunklin County Justice Center)
Jackie Anthony (Source: Dunklin County Justice Center) Jackie Anthony (Source: Dunklin County Justice Center)
Byron Norris (Source: Dunklin County Justice Center) Byron Norris (Source: Dunklin County Justice Center)
Pamela Simms (Source: Dunklin County Justice Center) Pamela Simms (Source: Dunklin County Justice Center)
KENNETT, MO (KFVS) -

The Kennett Police Department report they have made several arrests and received numerous complaints and information about narcotic activity in the same area of Kennett, Missouri.

Those arrested included:

Otis Yancey, 45, of Kennett, is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with the intent to distribute within 2,000 feet of a school, possession of a controlled substance (synthetic marijuana) with the intent to distribute within 2,000 feet of a school, possession of a controlled substance (Alprazolam) with the intent to distribute within 2,000 feet of a school and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Yancey was held at the Dunklin County Justice Center on a 24-hour hold pending the filing of formal charges by the Dunklin County prosecutor's office.

Jackie Anthony, 35, of Kennett, is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance (synthetic marijuana) with the intent to distribute within 2,000 feet of a school.

Anthony was also held for 24 hours pending formal charges.

Byron Norris, 24, of Kennett, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute (synthetic marijuana) within 2,000 feet of a school, possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) while inside a correctional facility.

Shanika Arnett, 22, of Kennett, was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana and released on a Kennett Municipal Court summons pending a court date.

Cornelius Middleton, 36, of Hayti, was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana and released on a court summons.

Pamela Simms, 33, of Kennett, was arrested on a Kennett municipal warrant charging her with failure to obey a judge's order on the original charge of shoplifting.

Simms was held at the Dunklin County Justice Center pending a bond of $340.

According to police, they got information about drug activity in and around the 200 block of North Street. They say this area is directly beside Jones Park and the South Elementary School.

Police say after investigating several overdoses involving K2, they were directed to this area as being a primary source of where the drug was being distributed.

Early on Thursday morning, September 8, police say they served three search warrants on Ninth Street and conducted four consent searches specifically in some "drug-ridden apartments."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the SEMO Drug Task Force, the Dunklin County Sheriff's Department, the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department and the Caruthersville Police Department assisted.

According to Kennett police, investigators seized an undisclosed amount of K2 and other controlled substances, along with paraphernalia connected with the use and sale of controlled substances. At this time, they say officers arrested two people for possession.

Officers also served a search warrant in the 700 block of North Main at the same time as the Ninth Street search warrants.

Police say this is an ongoing investigation and there are several more arrests coming, which will be directly connected to the sale and use of K2 in those areas.

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