Michigan man pleads guilty to 12 felony drug charges in Muskingum County

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Michigan man pleads guilty to 12 felony drug charges in Muskingum County

Devonte Kitchen, alongside defense attorney Keith Edwards, pleads guilty to all charges on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in Judge Mark Fleegle's court.

Devonte Kitchen, alongside defense attorney Keith Edwards, pleads guilty to all charges on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in Judge Mark Fleegle's court.

Jessica Johnston

Devonte Kitchen, alongside defense attorney Keith Edwards, pleads guilty to all charges on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in Judge Mark Fleegle's court.

Jessica Johnston

Jessica Johnston

Devonte Kitchen, alongside defense attorney Keith Edwards, pleads guilty to all charges on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in Judge Mark Fleegle's court.

By Christine Holmes, News Director

A Michigan man is out on bond awaiting his sentencing after pleading guilty to 12 counts of drug related charges from an incident in Zanesville last March.

According to Muskingum County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ron Welch, 26 year-old Devonte Kitchen was a passenger in a car driving in the wrong direction down Zanesville’s Seventh Street when police stopped the vehicle.

Welch said Kitchen took off on foot, leaving behind the driver and two teenage girls.

When the remaining officer had the driver step out of the vehicle, Welch said he also ran but dropped his cell phone in the process.

The girls, who are not local, told police they were riding with the men and were given drugs.

While searching the car, police discovered several illegal drugs, as well as Kitchen’s college ID.

With a bit of investigating, Welch said law enforcement were able to locate and arrest Kitchen.

The driver is a co-defendant in the case who Welch did not name due an active warrant.

Kitchen is charged with the following felonies in the case:

  • Possession of cocaine, a first-degree felony
  • Trafficking in cocaine with a juvenile specification, a first-degree felony
  • Possession of heroin, a fourth-degree felony
  • Trafficking in heroin with a juvenile specification, a third-degree felony
  • Possession of fentanyl, a fifth-degree felony
  • Trafficking in fentanyl with a juvenile specification, a third-degree felony
  • Possession of morphine sulfate, a fifth-degree felony
  • Trafficking in morphine sulfate with a juvenile specification, a third-degree felony
  • Possession of acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate, a fifth-degree felony
  • Trafficking in acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate, a third-degree felony
  • Two counts of corrupting another with drugs, fourth-degree felonies

He is currently out on bond in Michigan and is ordered not to return to Muskingum County unless court summoned.

Kitchen will be sentenced at a later date.