Andrew S. Kendall, 39, of Bryan, is on trial in Williams County for five felony drug charges involving alleged distribution of methamphetamine and will later stand trial on a felony charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity in a separate trial.
They’re the latest in a list of numerous charges brought against him over the years, though those will have no bearing on the outcome of the trial of the five felonies at hand.
Several of the latest charges, including one fifth-degree felony count of aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony count of drug possession and one second-degree felony count of aggravated trafficking of drugs, stem from two separate incidents handled by Bryan Police Detective Tracy Williamson.
During the first, on March 15, Bryan police, at 11:25 p.m., received a report that an individual was slumped over in a green Chevrolet Lumina not registered to Kendall that was parked in a driveway in the 400 block of North Williams Street, with the keys in the ignition and the engine off. After questioning, Williamson conducted a search upon smelling marijuana.
Williamson testified on Monday that, on probable cause search of the vehicle, she found a bag containing a white crystal substance in a coat behind the driver’s seat. The substance was later determined by analysis to be crystal meth.
Other items recovered from the vehicle included a roach clip, a joint, a scale, a butane torch, pipes, a syringe, a phone SD card and a locked Spider-Man lock box that eventually revealed, via warrant, to have contained numerous other potential paraphernalia such as one-inch baggies, a back pack, mail addressed to Kendall and an Eagles membership with his name on it, as well as several phones.
Kendall passed a field sobriety test at the time.
The vehicle was said to have been shared among several individuals and the defense said that several of the items found did not belong to Kendall.
Kendall was released after the incident following additional questioning, taking the coat where the meth had been found with him, according to Williamson’s testimony.
Ten days later, in the morning hours of March 25, Williamson was headed south across the railroad tracks in the 600 block of North Walnut Street when she alleges she observed the same vehicle from 10 days earlier traveling north. Knowing Kendall to have a suspended license, she turned around and activated her lights. An individual she alleges was Kendall parked the vehicle at a residence and ran east between two structures.
Williamson stayed with the vehicle after observing the same backpack inside. The residence’s owner indicated that Kendall was not there.
A pot containing 45 grams of methamphetamine was located in the vehicle, as were a backpack that contained additional methamphetamine, several cell phones, a glass jar containing marijuana, one-inch baggies, a butane torch, a syringe, pipes, a USB drive, a knife and a romantic letter referencing no names. Many of the non-illicit items were the same as those located in the previous incident.
Dashcam video of the second incident was presented in court Monday, though Kendall could not be easily identified. Defense attorney Paul Duggan questioned Williamson’s ability to have done so, considering the vehicle was said to have been shared among several people.
As such, proving items in the first incident belonged to Kendall and that Kendall was the driver in the second incident will be major components to proving guilt on part of the prosecution.
At 6 p.m. on May 3, authorities received a call regarding an ATV being driven erratically in the road. Before sheriff’s deputies arrived the complainant called again to report a male had motioned the rider inside and subsequently blacked out a residence’s windows.
According to testimony of deputies Matt Zook and Brandon Willis, who were on scene, they were permitted to conduct a search, based off the homeowner being on probation, and Kendall was found hiding under a pile of clothes at a Williams Center residence where he claimed to have been sleeping. He was apprehended without incident and a wallet with his ID containing separated stacks of $100 and a phone were removed from his person following a pat-down.
Upon entry into the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, Kendall was found to have had a baggie containing a small amount of methamphetamine in his back pocket, leading authorities to put forth additional charges including another felony aggravated possession charge and a felony charge of illegal conveyance of a controlled substance into a correctional facility.
Duggan contended that the charge was not valid because the only reason Kendall had the baggie on him when he arrived at CCNO was because the deputy who had searched him failed to locate it during the pat-down. He also contended the amount was residue level, a notion witness authorities differed on, and that Kendall had no knowledge of its presence in his pocket.
Much of the case will hinge on the prosecution directly connecting Kendall to the items found in the prior two searches.
The three-day trial will continue Tuesday morning.
Charges previously brought against Kendall in the Williams County Court of Common Pleas include trafficking of cocaine, felonious assault, burglary (pleaded down to criminal trespass), non-support of dependents, violation of a protection order, drug possession and theft of a motor vehicle. Previous charges against him in Bryan Municipal Court include menacing, intimidation, numerous assaults, harassment, criminal mischief, possession of drugs, domestic violence, OVI, fugitive from justice and resisting arrest, among others.