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Two charged as result of last week's search warrants

WORTHINGTON -- Two people from Worthington are facing drug charges as a result of search warrants served last week, one of which shut the KFC restaurant down for several hours.

Mechell Leola Martin, 21, and Anthony Kali Adams, 34, each face one count of fifth-degree controlled substance possession. Martin also faces one count of possession of a small amount of marijuana.

According to the criminal complaint, an agent of the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force was notified of suspicious activity regarding Adams.

A concerned citizen stated Adams was allegedly selling crack, cocaine and large amounts of marijuana from his second-floor apartment on Sherwood Avenue.

The citizen also believed Adams was selling illegal drugs from KFC, where he was employed.

After collecting other evidence, agents executed search warrants at several locations in Worthington, including the Sherwood Street address and the KFC. Five people found at the residence were taken into custody, including Martin and Adams.

During a search of the apartment, agents found a baggie containing a trace amount of cocaine between the mattress and boxspring in the bedroom and a baggie that held approximately 37 grams of marijuana in a closet.

All five people were arrested for possession and transported to the Nobles County Jail. During a formal interview, Martin allegedly stated she and Adams lived in the apartment together.

She said the marijuana found in the bedroom belonged to her, but she denied ownership of the cocaine baggie.

She said she knew they were there, but did not know who they belonged to or what the baggies contained.

Adams stated he didn't know anything about either substance.

The agents served a warrant at KFC and shut the restaurant down for several hours during the process. Nothing was located or seized from the restaurant.

According to BRDTF Commander Troy Appel, it was determined through interviews that Adams and Martin would be charged.

"This was a short investigation that received prompt attention from the BRDTF because of the suspected illegal activities in a very public place," Appel said in a written statement.

Adams has an extensive criminal history in southwest Minnesota that includes convictions of aggravated forgery, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal damage to property, all within the same one-year period and all in Lyon County. In 1999, he was charged with second-degree assault, terroristic threats, conspiracy to commit robbery and reckless discharge of a firearm. He pleaded guilty to assault and threats and was sentenced to 24 months in prison.

In 2001, he was allegedly living in Blue Earth when he was charged in Lyon County with eight felony counts of controlled substance crimes. He pleaded guilty to four of the charges and was sentenced in 2003 to 33 months prison.

Between the charging and the sentencing, he was also charged and convicted for third-degree burglary in Kandiyohi County and sentenced to 24 months in prison.

Adams racked up two DWI convictions in 2005 and 2007, but in 2008 was charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, again in Lyon County, and was later convicted of the charge, being handed a sentence of slightly less than six years in prison.

Martin, who was assigned a public defender, is out of jail on a $2,500 bond, but Adams, whose bail was set at $25,000, is still at the Nobles County Jail. He was also granted a public defender. Both are schedule to make a court appearance May 15.