Thursday, January 31, 2008
County deputies make drug-related arrests
By SUE WATSON
A couple living near Potts Camp was arrested last week on drug charges and their two children placed in custody of the Department of Human Services, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
He said Joseph C. Carter, 29, of the Potts Camp area was stopped Wednesday by Union County Sheriff’s Department. That stop yielded information that led a short time later to the search of the couple’s residence located on Potts Camp/Waterford Road by Marshall County deputies who also serve on the drug task force.
In the search of the residence, several chemicals and precursors used in the manufacture of crystal methamphetamine were recovered, he said.
Carter and his wife, Jennifer, were charged with illegal possession of drug precursors and chemicals used in the manufacture of crystal methamphetamine and with child endangerment, Dickerson said.
Joseph Carter was detained in Union County jail. He was to report to Parchman Thursday, January 24, on a prior drug-related conviction, according to the sheriff.
Jennifer Carter was taken into custody by Marshall County authorities and has since been released on $10,000 bond.
Dickerson said Joseph Carter will likely serve his current sentence before being returned to Union and Marshall counties to face charges related to this incident.
In an unrelated incident Monday afternoon, officers with the Drug Task Force Unit with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department searched the residence of a storage building at 174 Smith Road in Waterford and found chemical precursors and paraphernalia.
Jamie Lee Potts, 32, was arrested and charged with possession of precursor substances and paraphernalia consistent with the manufacture of crystal methamphetamine, the sheriff said. He remained in jail Tuesday awaiting arraignment in justice court.
“I urge the public to report any unusual odors - similar to ether - and if they suspect the presence of drug manufacturing laboratories in their neighborhood to notify the Sheriff’s Department,” Dickerson said. “All information will be kept confidential.”
Dickerson said many drug arrests in Marshall County are the result of concerned members of the public who notice suspicious odors or activities.
“These crystal meth labs are becoming more prevalent in the United States and in Mississippi,” he said. “We will address any citizens’ complaints or concerns, if called, and make all the resources we have available to investigate any complaint.”
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