‘Operation Fish Net’ hauls in 46

1STOCK gray jailbars DRUG ARREST

By Lynn West

New Albany Gazette

UNION COUNTY — New Albany police had taken 46 suspects into custody Wednesday out of 48 indicted as part of “Operation Fish Net” and expected to get the other two soon.
The operation was a mass roundup of people charged with selling drugs in New Albany. Michael Erby, head of the narcotics squad, confirmed this was the largest such sweep in the department’s history. “There have been a few larger but they involved both city and county,” he said. “This was just for sale only. We probably have this many more out there for other charges.”
Tuesday’s sweep also netted three unexpected charges of possession of methamphetamine and officers seized several vehicles.
The only reason the operation was cut off was the deadline for preparing evidence to present to the Union County grand jury and Erby said they already have as many cases under investigation now for the next grand jury.
Erby said those arrested ranged in age from 16 to 70 and were from all over the county area. The drugs they are accused of selling include marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription drugs and even some heroin.
“Prescription drugs are our biggest problem right now,” Erby said. “Everybody wants to get some pills and be a drug dealer.” Also, not everyone can go out and find some cocaine or methamphetamine, he said, but they can get prescription drugs – often legally or from someone who has a prescription.
Some may see selling or even trading prescription drugs as innocent but Erby said they don’t realize that whether it is one pill or 50, the punishment can be 30 years in prison. “That’s even if you don’t get any money for it,” he added.
Still, many people “doctor shop” to get various prescriptions, both for personal use and for sale. “Elderly people will get a prescription and take half of them and sell the other half,” Erby said. It may be partly to supplement their income or because they have developed a dependency.
A lot of methamphetamine is coming into the county from out-of-state, Erby said, partly because it is more difficult to track purchasers of over-the-counter medication containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient of meth. In Mississippi, it is illegal to buy or sell Sudafed and related medications without a prescription, just because of the opportunity for abuse.
While crystal meth began as a drug mostly popular with the white population, it has crossed over to being seen in the African-American community more, he said. Likewise, crack cocaine is becoming more popular with Caucasians despite having originally been popular with African-Americans.
“We’re seeing a resurgence of powdered cocaine, more than crack,” he added. Heroin, once rare, is coming out of the Memphis area, and some from Texas, Erby said. Its popularity is growing because a change in the formulation of ocycontin makes it more difficult to crush and liquefy for injection.
Although New Albany has one or two moderate-level dealers, there are no “big” dealers here as there were five or 10 years ago, he said.
Not everyone does it for money, or even for the drugs themselves, he said, adding “Some people just seem to get a thrill out of selling.”
“If you are selling drugs in New Albany to any extent, we probably know about it,” Erby said. “And it is going to end up one of two ways in 95 percent of the cases: you’re going to quit selling or we’re going to catch you.”
Drugs are broken down into several classes for purposes of law enforcement and Erby gave a general explanation of them.
•    Schedule I drugs have no medical value at all and possession of any amount, other than for marijuana, is a felony. Possession of more than one ounce of marijuana qualifies as a felony.
•    Schedule II drugs have some medical purposes but a high addiction possibility. Any amount qualifies as a felony.
•    Schedule II drugs have some addictive properties and medical purposes such as painkillers. It requires 100 pills of this time to become a felony.
•    Schedule IV drugs are what might be commonly considered non-narcotic medicinal drugs such as Valium. It also requires 100 of these to reach felony level.
Below is a list of those arrested during Operation Fish Net. It also includes some charges of drug possession for suspects who were taken into custody in connection with the eight-month investigation. Address identification may be incomplete in some cases but should be provided when all the indictments for them are released for publication, probably next week.

Those arrested, address (if available), charges and bond are:

•    Kayla Allred, no address, charged with sale of a Schedule III drug, bond set at $15,000.
•    Jonathan Matthew Atson, no address, charged with possession of marijuana, no bond set.
•    Michael S. Bailey, no address, charged with possession of cocaine, bond set at $25,000.
•    Bubba Bishop, 1248 County Road 88, charged with sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $20,000.
•    James Bond, 1063 St. Hwy. 370, Dumas, charged with sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $25,000.
•    Miranda Nicole Boyd, currently in jail, charged with possession of cocaine.
•    Britnee Bridges, 273 County Road 255, Etta, charged with sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $40,000.
•    Amy (Knotts) Bright, 104 Happiness Trail, Tupelo, charged with sale of a Schedule III drug, bond set at $15,000.
•    Katy Brisbaine, 1286 Hwy. 178 West, Lot 4, charged with sale of Schedule II and IV drugs, bond set at $35,000.
•    Noah Brooks, no address, charged with possession of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $5,000.
•    Clyde Brown, Holly Springs, charged with sale of marijuana, bond set at $15,000.
•    Ignatious Cameron, 1008 County Road 339, charged with three counts of sale of a counterfeit substance, bond set at $30,000.
•    Roland Carruthers, 91 Sawyer Circle, in jail, charged with three counts of sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $75,000.
•    Antonio Conners, 8044 Hwy. 178, Hickory Flat, charged with two counts of sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $50,000.
•    Nathan Curtis, no address, charged with two counts of sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $30,000.
•    Timothy Curtis, 504 Briarwood, charged with sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $15,000.
•    Mike Daniels, 1023 County Road 230, charged with two counts of sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $30,000.
•    Corinthian Chama Echols, no address, charged with possession of marijuana, bond set at $5,000.
•    Jason Alan Estes, no address, charged with five counts of obtaining a substance by fraud,
•    Holt Garrett, 1303 South Central Ave., charged with sale of Schedule III and IV drugs, bond set at $45,000.
•    Carl Harris, no address, charged with possession of marijuana, bond set at $10,000.
•    Georgia High, 502 Hopper St., charged with sale of a Schedule III drug, bond set at $30,000.
•    Demetric Johnson, no address, charged with sale of marijuana, bond set at $10,000.
•    William Taylor Jones, no address, charged with possession of a Schedule II drug
•    Quinton Knox, no address, charged with two counts of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $50,000.
•    James Marion, 9092 Sunset Drive, charged with sale of a Schedule III drug, bond set at $15,000.
•    Cole Mason, 258 Old Plantersville Road, Plantersville, charged with two counts of sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $50,000.
•    Sammy J. Massey, no address, charged with possession of methamphetamine and cocaine, bond set at $10,000.
•    Andrew Tyler Mathis, 1109 St. Hwy. 348, Lot 2, charged with two counts of sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $30,000.
•    Rachel McDonald, no address, charged with attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud, bond set at $5,000.
•    Galvin McWilliams, 305 Mississippi St., charged with sale of a Schedule III drug, bond set at $30,000.
•    Mary Montgomery, no address, charged with possession of cocaine, bond set at $5,000.
•    Gary Lee Moore, no address, charged with possession of cocaine.
•    Mary Mullins, 307 Jackson St., charged with three counts of sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $75,000.
•    Jaime Murry, 106 Hickory Drive, charged with sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $20,000.
•    Jeremy Nesbit, 802 Idlewild, charged with two counts of sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $50,000.
•    Taberas Polk, 403 Monroe St., charged with sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $40,000.
•    Tavonte Polk, no address, charged with sale of a Schedule II drug and marijuana, bond set at $50,000.
•    Hilliary Rasberry, 1773 St. Hwy. 178, charged with sale of a Schedule III drug, bond set at $15,000.
•    Tiffany Roe, 1024 E. Bankhead St., charged with sale of a Schedule III drug, bond set at $15,000.
•    Tonya Roe, 1100 County Road 278, charged with sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $15,000.
•    Danny Ray Rogers, no address, charged with possession of methamphetamine.
•    Fred Rogers, 806 Sunset, charged with sale of a controlled substance.
•    Robert Rogers, 1102 E. Bankhead St., Apt. N, charged with sale of a Schedule III drug, bond set at $15,000.
•    Stephanie Rose, 805 Kimberly Dr., charged with sale of a Schedule I drug and other, bond set at $55,000.
•    Amanda Ellen Russell, no address, charged with prescription forgery and two others.
•    Perry Rutledge, 273 County Road 255, Etta, charged with sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $30,000.
•    Robert Sanders, 401 Monroe St., charged with two counts of sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $50,000.
•    Lorenzie Siddell, no address, charged with possession of cocaine.
•    Tim Simmons, 1102 E. Bankhead St., Apt. G, charged with two counts of sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $50,000.
•    William D. Simmons, no address, charged with possession of methamphetamine, bond set at $25,000.
•    Shawna Russell Smith, no address, charged with Medicaid fraud and obtaining a controlled substance.
•    Shawna Russell Smith, no address, charged with prescription forgery and fraud.
•    Tim Smith, 1102 East Bankhead, Trailer No. 10, charged with sale of a counterfeit substance, bond set at $15,000.
•    Tevin Stricklen, 431 Oak St., charged with four counts of sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $100,000.
•    Chase Towery, 833 County Road 54, charged with sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $20,000.
•    Danny Traylor, 518 Clark St., charged with two counts of sale of a Schedule III drug, bond set at $30,000.
•    Lebaron West, 106 Hickory Drive, charged with sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $30,000.
•    Sierra White, 116 S. Glenfield Rd., charged with sale of a Schedule III drug, bond set at $15,000.
•    Jake Williams, 1002 Donna Rd., charged with two counts of sale of a Schedule IV drug, bond set at $20,000.
•    Michael Williams, no address, charged with three counts of sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $75,000.
•    Luke Wilson, 1380 County Road 81, Lot 3, charged with sale of Schedule I and II drugs, bond set at $50,000.
•    Nathan Wilson, 1337 St. Hwy. 349, charged with three counts of sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $75,000.
•    Kelvin Worship, 1125 Willow Lane, charged with sale of a Schedule II drug, bond set at $15,000.
•    Tiffany Young, 401 Monroe St., charged with sale of a counterfeit substance, bond set at $15,000.

 

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