Emmetsburg man faces jury trial over 2017 drug investigation in Spencer

Emmetsburg man faces jury trial over 2017 drug investigation in Spencer

A jury trial date has been set for an Emmetsburg man who faces multiple charges connected to a September 2017 drug search at an apartment in Spencer.

Documents filed in district court state 29-year-old Mark Keniston faces charges of manufacturing, delivering or possessing with intent to manufacture or deliver methamphetamine; manufacturing, delivering or possessing with intent to manufacture of deliver marijuana and failure to affix a drug tax stamp.

The trial date has been set for February 5, 2019.


The charges stem from an investigation and search of 401 1/2 Grand Avenue Apartment 32 in Spencer on September 12, 2017.

Keniston pleaded not guilty in a written arraignment document filed on November 24.

A criminal complaint and affidavit filed in September 2017 states officers searched the Grand Avenue apartment and located about 61.8 grams of marijuana, 6.9 grams of meth, a scale, clear plastic baggies, a clear glass pipe containing meth residue and a multi-colored pipe with burnt marijuana residue inside.


An order to issue an arrest warrant for Keniston was filed January 4, 2018.

Emmetsburg police served the warrant on November 8, 2018.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for January 2 at the Clay County Courthouse.


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