Thursday, May 4, 2005

Sting nets cash, drugs

Staff Writer

The Mississippi Third Judicial Narcotics Enforcement Team spearheaded a saturation campaign April 22 in Marshall County, making numerous felony drug arrests and seizing both drugs and drug money, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.

Officers confiscated $25,000 in cash, about one-fourth pound of marijuana and about an ounce of crack cocaine during the operation, he said. About 50 officers collaborated in the detail.

Here to help with the campaign were George Phillips, director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and Donald Butler, deputy director, along with other enforcement commanders from the northern and southern districts.

Other agencies involved were uniformed and criminal investigators with Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, District Attorney Ben Creekmore and staff, officers with the Mississippi Department of Corrections, the National Guard and state Department of Transportation, the sheriffs of Benton and Tippah counties and Sheriff Dickerson and sheriff department investigators.

The campaign stretched into the early morning hours netting a number of felony drug arrests, traffic and DUI arrests and the picking up of a number of individuals with outstanding felony arrest warrants, Dickerson said.

Saturation campaigns are one of many efforts by law enforcement to address the problem of sale of illegal drugs/controlled substances in North Mississippi, according to Dickerson.

“Those arrested as the result of this detail will be bound over to the next term of the Marshall County grand jury,” he said. “I estimate that 40 to 50 drug-related cases will be presented to the grand jury with true bills being placed on the circuit court docket in May or August.”

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