Federal, State, Local Agencies Conduct Drug Roundup

Agents of federal, state, and local agencies served or attempted to serve 46 warrants in a Lauderdale County drug roundup that started early Wednesday morning.

The Drug Enforcement Agency, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and U.S. Marshal's Office were involved, along with the East Mississippi Drug Task Force, Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department and Meridian Police Department.

"The ripple effect of this day is that the individuals we now have in custody, their associates, their acquaintances, and their dealers are now going to be concerned as to what information we may gather from interviews in this investigation," said Sheriff Billy Sollie.

Sollie said the probe began locally, but DEA and MBN were called in for manpower and resources when the investigation grew too large for local agencies to handle on their own. The investigation has been ongoing for two years.

"We concentrate on organizations, not just individual dope dealers," said Joel Reece of the Drug Enforcement Agency. "Because we've found that, to really have an impact on the community and bettering the lives of the citizens of the community, you have to so-called cut the snake off at the head. That's taking organizations down from the top. And this investigation has certainly done that."

"We always like to send a message to the drug traffickers out there that if you continue to do what you're doing on the street, I promise you we're going to continue what we're doing. And we will change your zip code," said Marshall Fisher of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

Name State Charge Federal Charge
Kenny Wooten 1 count sale of crack cocaine Conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, 3 counts Possession w/ intent to distribute crack cocaine
Detrine Hudson 1 count sale of crack cocaine 2 counts possession w/ intent to distribute crack cocaine
Robbie Tims Conspiracy to possess w/ intent to distribute crack cocaine
Chicontee Davis * Possession w/ intent to distribute marijuana
Billy Jackson * 1 count sale of cocaine
Jackie Irby * 1 count sale of crack cocaine
Darren Nathaniel Grace Conspiracy to damage property of the U.S. Government
Jerry Djuan Williams Conspiracy to possess w/ intent to distribute over 5 grams of crack cocaine
2 counts possession w/ intent to distribute over 5 grams of crack cocaine
Bobby Lewis 2 counts sale of crack cocaine
Rodney Moody 2 counts possession w/ intent to distribute over 50 grams of crack cocaine
Robert Dewayne Almond 1 count sale of controlled substance
Jermaine Scott 2 counts sale of crack cocaine
Keith Grant * 1 count sale of crack cocaine
Otis James Brown Conspiracy to possess w/ intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession w/ intent to distribute crack cocaine
Anthony T. Dockery 1 count sale of crack cocaine
Calvin Hall 1 count sale of marijuana
Roger Hearn * Sale of cocaine within 1500 feet of a church
Dewayne Pruitt 1 count sale of crack cocaine
Conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine
Richard Charles Edwards 2 counts sale of crack cocaine Conspiracy to possess w/ intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession w/ intent to distribute crack cocaine
Angelo Bell * Conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, 2 counts Possession w/ intent to distribute crack cocaine
William K. Spears 1 count sale of crack cocaine
Kendrell Roberts * 2 counts sale of crack cocaine
Rodrick Tingle 1 count sale of marijuana
Steve Anthony * 1 count sale of crack cocaine
Arnold Altman 1 count sale of marijuana, possession over 1 ounce of marijuana
Riddell Seals 1 count sale of controlled substance
Dewey Grace * 2 counts sale of crack cocaine Conspiracy to possess w/ intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession w/ intent to distribute crack cocaine
Lewis Langston 1 count sale of marijuana, felon in possession of a weapon
Demetrick H. Hopson * 1 count sale of crack cocaine
Hernanden Campbell 1 count sale of cocaine
Chadrick Hall 1 count sale of crack cocaine
Fred Campbell 2 counts sale of crack cocaine
Torre Mandrell Clark * 1 count sale of marijuana
1 count sale of cocaine
Donna McElroy Sale of crack cocaine
Conspiracy to sell crack cocaine
Kevin Mandelle Nix Possession w/ intent to distribute crack cocaine
Albert Hicks 1 count sale of crack cocaine
Darryl Clark 1 count sale of crack cocaine
Michael Gowdy 1 count sale of crack cocaine
Name State Charge Federal Charge
Nelson S. Robert 2 counts sale of crack cocaine
1 count possession of crack cocaine w/ intent to distribute
Jeffrey Mason 1 count sale of crack cocaine Possession w/ intent to distribute over 5 grams crack cocaine
Raylandus Lynch 2 counts sale of crack cocaine
James Green * 1 count sale of crack cocaine
Curtis Grace * Conspiracy to damage property of the U.S. Government
Marvin Hayes Conspiracy to possess w/ intent to distribute 50 grams of crack cocaine
Possession w/ intent to distribute over 50 grams crack cocaine
3 counts possession w/ intent to distribute over 5 grams of crack cocaine
Chris Russell Conspiracy to damage U.S. Government property
Marcus Coates Sale of cocaine
Nicholas Powe * Sale of cocaine
George Hopson manufacturing of marijuana


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  • by ED Location: MERIDIAN on Sep 29, 2009 at 08:15 AM
    HOLD IT A MIN... we just had all the leaders here NAACP and the rest orf you fools yip that this police chief came from a town is 30 % black meridian is 80% black what do you expect the type of person to be picked up .. pink with yellow poke a dots..
  • by ED Location: MERIDIAN on Sep 29, 2009 at 12:31 AM
    OMG talk about victim status.. poor this poor that.. fact you cant do in life is because you didn't want to.. stop with the color issues.. the fact is lazy bums get hard time or life as ____..because they didnt want to do what it takes to become successful in life.. and all i see is people giving them excuses rather then grabbing them by the back of the neck telling them to straighten out... its called responsibility called sacrifice something most forgot what the meaning is... means you cant have it all when you want it..
  • by concernedcitizen Location: Meridian on Sep 28, 2009 at 08:08 AM
    Sincere thanks to the law enforcement officers who risk their lives to protect our community! To those who believe dealing drugs is an acceptable method of supporting themself or their family, you need to seriously look at your value system. I do believe it was a politically foolish thing to arrest only criminals of only one color as there was no reason why the investigation could not have targeted meth dealers or XTC dealers (crimes which have a higher incidence of white offenders). Nevertheless, these arrests were a welcome site to those of us who want to see our community thrive. In reading these postings, one thing which is evident is the tone of hatred and lack of mutual respect for our fellow man, whether he/she be black or white. It is sad that racism is worse now than it has ever been before. There is no excuse for it, from either side. While you can't control the behavior of another, you are responsible for your own behavior and attitude. Please, try to be a positive influence.
  • by Tiffany Location: Newton on Sep 27, 2009 at 02:26 PM
    I think that it is a major issue everywhere and it should be address in the right manor!! Everyone that is is jail is just there because they didnt do something that the higher man wanted them to do and they are still out there giving the drugs to the young black man to do. Others should be in jail too. Who's giving the drugs to the young black man??? They have families to and its so sad that they have to see this!!! Think about how blacks are hurtin theirselves for the white man!! Come on now all theses drug dealers have to get them from someone else because they dont have the money to buy them!! So who suppiles the drugs to these poor black man to go out their to try to make a better life for themselves. It sad how blacks let the white man hold us down!!!! I hate that they didnt focus on whos given the drugs to the blacks!!!
  • by CASSIE MCGOOD Location: MERIDIAN, MS on Sep 26, 2009 at 07:24 PM
    THESE YOUNG BLACK MEN WERE DOING WHAT THEY HAD TO DO TO SURVIE. IT IS NOT ALL THEIR FAULT. THE SOCIETY WE LIVE IN IS LIMITED TO THE OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED TO A BLACK MALE WHOM IS A CONVICTED, FELON AS MOST OF THE ARRESTED WERE. THERE ARE PEOPLE HIGHER UP WHO ARE PUTTING THE DRUGS IN THE HAND OF THE BLACK MEN AND I SERIOUSLY DOUBT THAT THEY ARE BLACK . PUTTING THE DRUGS IN THE HANDS OF THE BLACK MEN SO THAT THEY MAY LATER BE ARRESTED AND LOCKED UP IN PRISON IS JUST ANOTHER FORM OF SLAVERY.
  • by u got my vote Location: meridian on Sep 25, 2009 at 09:55 PM
    thank you for your comment you need to replace cherri barry i agree wth every wrd you had too say way to go
  • by OMG Location: meridian on Sep 25, 2009 at 08:42 PM
    Posted by: clueless Location: Meridian on Sep 24, 2009 at 06:45 PM Dey gotmy daddy let em GO Leave em alone all of them... PLEASE :'{ my three year old can speak / spell better than this idiot. what are they learning in school, how do they expect to get a decent job later in life?
  • by itsabouttime Location: south on Sep 25, 2009 at 08:18 PM
    loretta,,,, the truth hurts ,no trail park here,lol i did something with my life and im living well.. what about you ,in the cheese line???
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Sep 25, 2009 at 06:11 PM
    Those guys were not doing that for fun or anything.They did it because they have to provide for there families. It is hard to find a job these days, and i dont see any of these white people that are yelling "Finish the job" helping anyone but themselves!But i bet if they were all white they wouldnt be saying that and that is wrong!and there is alot of white people that smoke crack,weed, and everyother drug there is and some even sell it so they should get them two! yea we all know that will never happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Finish the Job! Location: South Florida on Sep 25, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    I was born, and raised in Meridian. I left when I was 19, and visit family here frequently. Since now living in a multi-cultural big city I have to say that these arrests are legal, but they do not answer the question of who supplies the cocaine. If this was a two year investigation it is not hard to see who/ they got their supply from, and I'm not talking grams-kilos. There is no way any of these guy could afford a kilo of cocaine ($32,000). This is common knowledge in South Florida of the prices even to those who do not use/sell the substance.I am sure they are not young Black men that make less 50K per year! Yet, these arrests of the runners has given the main distributors time to run, or consult their million dollar attorneys. These arrests were done to soon which leads me to believe that whatever cop lead this needs to finish the work which is now even harder.These cops are doing their jobs partly;just finish the arrest of the regional distributors!
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