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March 4, 2014

Jury selected for drug trial

ANDERSON — A jury was selected Tuesday for a three-part drug trial in Madison County Circuit Court 6.

Kenny Kemp, 33, of Anderson faces three separate felony charging incidents stemming from an arrest in September 2012. Four co-defendants in the case have already pleaded guilty and been sentenced.

First, Kemp faces two counts of dealing marijuana and single counts of maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana. If convicted, he also faces a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. And finally, if convicted, he also faces enhanced habitual substance offender and possession of marijuana charges. The jury will decide on each of these three parts.

According to the probable cause affidavit, while drug task force detectives were investigating another case on Sept. 23, 2012, they smelled the strong odor of marijuana coming from two cars in the 2300 block of Morton Street. After obtaining a search warrants, they found 2 pounds of marijuana in each vehicle.

The police tracked the marijuana to Kemp, who had allegedly been running a drug house out of his home on Morton Street along with his girlfriend, Lyncia Hinson. When detectives searched the home, they found a strong smell of marijuana, remnants of the drug and a Ruger LC9 handgun. Large amounts of cash also were found on Kemp and Hinson.

A witness told police three other men had come to the home, but said he didn't know why. Detectives tracked down the three men — Keslie Smith, Johnny McIntush and Deandre Turner.

Smith told police he had visited Kemp's house to buy marijuana and admitted he had planned on selling it. He pleaded guilty to dealing marijuana in May and was sentenced to 36 months. Turner and McIntosh pleaded guilty to possession and dealing marijuana, respectively, and each received two-year sentences. Hinson also pleaded guilty to maintaining a common nuisance in June and received a three-year sentence.

According to the affidavit, Kemp refused to cooperate with investigators.

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