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Police display a pile of weapons and drugs seized during raids involving two Knox County residents.

Two Knox County residents are now in the Daviess County jail after being arrested on drug charges. Rita K. Fraley, 34, Vincennes, and Mark A. Baughn, 41, Bicknell, were arrested Wednesday after an investigation by officers with the Washington Police Department and DEA Task Force.

In Aug. of 2020, Level 4 felony conspiracy to commit dealing methamphetamine warrants were issued through Daviess County for Fraley and Baughn.

On Sept. 9, 2020, officers with those agencies along with the Indiana State Police, Daviess County sheriff’s office, and the Vincennes Police Department attempted to locate Fraley and Baughn in the Knox County area.

Officers located Fraley in Vincennes and arrested her without incident. A VPD K9 was utilized on the vehicle Fraley had been driving and showed a positive indication to the presence of the odor of illegal narcotics during a free air sniff. officers found Fraley to be in possession of methamphetamine.

Officers were also able to locate and arrest Baughn without incident in Vincennes. A VPD K9 was utilized on the vehicle Baughn had been driving and showed a positive indication to the presence of the odor of illegal narcotics during a free air sniff. Officers found Baughn to be in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine and cash.

Officers then obtained a search warrant for Baughn’s residence in Bicknell where they reported seizing additional large amounts of methamphetamine, four handguns, items associated with manufacturing/distributing methamphetamine, syringes, cash, and paraphernalia.

In total, officers reported seizing approximately 90 grams of methamphetamine (estimated street value of $9,000) and nearly one-half pound of marijuana. Fraley and Baughn were transported to the Daviess County Security Center on their active warrants and additional charges will be submitted to the Knox County prosecutor’s office. They were each being held on $50,000 bond. Also assisting in the investigation was the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

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