A vehicle failing to make a proper stop at a stop sign Tuesday evening resulted in authorities stopping a suspected drug-dealing operation near Washington Elementary School.
According to a Sedalia Police STING (Strike Team Investigation of Narcotics and Gangs) Unit press release, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at 9:36 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of 12th Street and Murray Avenue.
Methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription pills, drug paraphernalia and $1,117 in cash believed to be profits from drug sales was found during a search of a passenger.
Police arrested Aaron A. Kempf, 24, of the 300 block of North Heard Avenue, at the scene and transported him to the county jail for a 24-hour hold. The following morning prosecutors charged him with distribution of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. His bond amount is $350,000, cash or surety.
Kempf is currently on parole for distribution of a controlled substance. In August 2011, he was sentenced to two concurrent seven-year terms in the department of corrections.
Further investigation of the incident revealed the supplier of the drugs and authorities obtained a search warrant for a residence in the 1000 block of East 10th Street.
After executing the warrant at 2:12 a.m. Wednesday, authorities seized more than four pounds of marijuana in multiple packages, drug packaging supplies, drug paraphernalia, $1,707 in cash believed to be drug profits and a 1998 Cadillac sedan believed used to conduct drug transactions.
Police arrested a man and a woman without incident and transported them to the county jail. Five juveniles, ranging from 9 months to 14 years old were also present inside the home.
Prosecutors charged suspects Richard L. Gilmore, 31, and Halee D. Kinner, 29, both of the address where the search warrant was served, with distribution of more than five grams of marijuana in a residence with a child or within 2,000 feet of a school, distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
The two suspects also face misdemeanor charges of conducting an unlawful transaction with a child present and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Gilmore’s bond is $300,000. Kinner’s bond is $350,000.