Father and Son Arrested on Drug Charges

Austin Bailey
Kenneth Bailey

Officers from the Knox City Police Department arrested a father and son on drug charges.

Officers were called to Advanced Auto Parts in reference to an intoxicated male. The caller reported that the suspect was trying to sell narcotics to the store employees and to the anonymous caller. Police arrived on scene and observed the suspect. He reportedly had come out of the store with a bag of items and put them in a car that was occupied by another passenger. Police questioned the suspect and reportedly found that Austin Bailey was intoxicated and that he had some items from the store in his pocket. More items from the store were located in the vehicle. Some of the items were paid for and others were reported stolen. The passenger in the car, Kenneth Bailey, Jr., was questioned and when officers patted him down for safety reasons, they found medication allegedly not prescribed to Bailey.

They were both transported to the Starke County Jail. The reporting officer noted that Austin Bailey was getting unruly during the transport and threatened the officer. He reportedly continued to be combative and had to be assisted to the booking area of the jail.

Austin Bailey was arrested on preliminary charges Dealing in a Schedule I, II or III Controlled Substance, Dealing in a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication, and Theft. Kenneth Bailey was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. He bonded out of jail prior to the discovery of more evidence of controlled substances in his possession. Charges Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (two counts) and Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance have been forwarded to the Starke County Prosecutor for review.