Stone County Plane Crash Leads to Drug Arrest

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Plane crash survivor arrested on drug charges.

MGN Online

Wiggins, Miss. What began as a plane crash has turned into a drug investigation after Stone County investigators found thousands in cash and numerous bottles of prescription pills in the wreckage.

Authorties tell the Sun Herald the arrested Jeff Franklin, a 43-year-old resident of Sherman, Texas, on a charge of possession of hydrocodone.

Franklin was a passenger on a single-engine Cessna 602 that crashed near Wiggins Thursday.

Franklin and another passenger, 66-year-old Joe Paul Mentesara of Dallas, were treated at Forrest County General Hospital in Hattiesburg and released. Pilot Jeff Bramblett, a 62-year-old resident of Mesquite, Texas, was hospitalized with head, arm and other injuries.

Investigators say the men told stories that raised suspicions, prompting authorities to bring in a drug-sniffing dog that found pills in luggage and on the ground.


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