Thursday, October 21, 2010
Foot chase leads to cocaine arrest
By SUE WATSON
A Tupelo man was arrested on drug-related charges on Highway 78 October 10, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Officer Rick Preciado stopped the vehicle near the West Holly Springs Exit as it travelled in the east-bound lanes.
The vehicle pulled over with a driver and three passengers and as the officer proceeded to search the vehicle, the driver grabbed a bag and fled on foot into the woods, the sheriff said.
Deputies chased the driver and later apprehended him and located the bag and its contents - including 13.5 ounces of cocaine powder.
The driver, Deshun Depriest, 38, of the Tupelo area, was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, resisting arrest and careless driving, Dickerson said. The incident took place about 1:30 p.m. that Sunday.
Depriest was a fugitive from justice and wanted by DeSoto County authorities on charges of fleeing the courtroom, according to the sheriff. A judge has issued a bench warrant for the suspect’s arrest. Dickerson said Depriest was being tried as an habitual offender at the time he escaped the courtroom in DeSoto County.
Depriest was held in jail on $50,000 bond and the three passengers in his car were released and not charged, Dickerson said.
In other investigations, a rash of thefts of trailers from residential areas in Marshall and surrounding counties is under intense scrutiny by the sheriff's department following a citizen’s report of suspicious activity, the sheriff said. The investigation involves multiple counties and multiple jurisdictions.
“We wish to thank the citizens of Marshall County for assisting us by reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods that helped break this investigation,” Dickerson said. “We do anticipate some arrests and have arrested one suspect.”
The sheriff advised residents to keep valuable trailers, four-wheelers, lawn mowers and other equipment out of sight either behind their homes or in sheds to help thwart easy pickings by drive-by thieves.
Anyone who suspects unusual activity in their neighborhood is asked to report the activity to the sheriff’s department – 662-252-1311.
Timely investigation into suspicious activity in neighborhoods gives law enforcement a head start on investigating crime rings.
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