Two women were charged Friday on drug charges after a brief foot pursuit in Knoxville.

Gabrielle Jemutai Sang, 20, of Knoxville, and Larissa Lynne Golden, 21, of Knoxville, were charged with drug possession after the foot pursuit, which began around 9:40 p.m. Thursday.

Police said they witnessed Sang and Golden in a van that parked in the 400 block of E. Pleasant St. before the two got out and began walking on North 5th St. Once the suspects saw law enforcement, they began running in different directions, police said. Officers apprehended Sang at Fifth and Marion streets and Golden in the 500 block of Marion St.

Police said they found 0.6 grams of marijuana, 0.85 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, syringes and a glass pipe in a backpack carried by Golden.

Golden was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class C felony; possession of marijuana, a class D felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

Sang received charges both for Thursday’s incident, and a November drug buy sting, police said.

Police said Sang told them the items found on Golden were Sang’s.

On Sang, police said they located 0.2 grams of heroin in her underwear, a digital scale and multiple baggies for packaging. A search warrant on Sang’s phone turned up evidence indicating the sale of narcotics, investigators said in court filings.

For Thursday’s incident, Sang was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class C felony; possession of heroin, a class C felony; possession of marijuana, a class D felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

Sang received two other charges from a Nov. 4drug sting.

According to court documents filed by police, detectives with the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force witnesses a confidential informant buy drugs from Sang at Auld City Park. The buy took place on Nov. 4 at approximately 9:40 p.m. The informant received 2 grams of methamphetamine and 0.2 grams of marijuana from Sang, police said.

For that incident, Sang was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class C felony, and possession of marijuana, a class D felony.

Kyle Ocker is the regional editor of the Centerville Daily Iowegian, Knoxville Journal-Express, Pella Chronicle and Oskaloosa Herald. He can be reached at kocker@dailyiowegian.com.

Kyle Ocker has been the editor of the Knoxville Journal Express since November 2016. He formerly held the titles of sports editor and associate editor at the Centerville Daily Iowegian, a sister paper to the Journal Express.

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