3 Detroit area men arrested on drug charges in Marion County

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Three men from the Detroit area have been arrested on cocaine distribution charges in Fairmont.

On Saturday, March 9 at approximately 10 a.m. officers with the Fairmont Police Department were surveilling an apartment on Brookside Drive in Fairmont in reference to a drug complaint they received. While conducting surveillance, officers said they observed a silver 2018 Kia Rio pull into the driveway.

Officers said they witnessed the occupants of the vehicle exit and walk into the apartment. Officers said the individuals exited the apartment approximately five minutes later and get back into their vehicle and leave in the direction of Locust Avenue.

Officers then parked perpendicular to Locust Avenue and observed the front seat passenger of the vehicle not wearing a seat belt, according to court documents. Police then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at the intersection of Locust Avenue and Bryant Street.

Police said there were four occupants in the vehicle. The two rear passengers were identified as Khalil Mathis, 21 and Denario Jones, 19, both of Detroit, Michigan, according to police.

Police said that due to the drug complaints stemming from the apartment the vehicle left from, officers had a K-9 conduct a sniff from the outside of the vehicle. Officers said the K-9 gave them a positive indication of controlled substances on the vehicle at the rear right passenger door.

Officers then conducted a search of the vehicle, according to court documents. During the search, police said they located and seized approximately 5.5 grams of powder cocaine that was hidden underneath of the passenger seat and was individually bagged in eight clear plastic bags. Officers said they also seized $731 in cash from the vehicle.

After the vehicle search, police went back to the apartment and conducted a search warrant. Officers said that after knocking on the door, they proceeded to force entry into the apartment. While making entry into the apartment, officers said Alvin Howard, 24, of Highland Park, Michigan fled on foot out of the kitchen window. Officers said Howard fled in the direction of Locust Avenue, where he was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.

Officers then conducted a search of the apartment and seized approximately seven grams of cocaine, 27 Clonazepam pills, mini-scales, packaging materials and a handgun, according to court documents.

Police said that in total approximately half of an ounce of cocaine was seized from the vehicle and the apartment.

Mathis, Jones and Howard were each charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine and possession with intent to deliver Clonazepam, according to court documents. All three men are currently being held at North Central Regional Jail.

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