Clarke Board Holds First Session

By: Chris Brennaman Email
By: Chris Brennaman Email

Last January, a pair of brothers from Canada were arrested on Interstate 59 in Clarke County with over 100 pounds of marijuana. Dean and Corey Chappel struck a deal with the district attorney to stay out of jail.

"They received a non-adjudicated sentence to avoid jail time, with paying a high fine, to keep from doing jail time," said Sheriff Todd Kemp.

Between the two, around $55,000 was added to the county's general fund. Kemp Monday asked the board to transfer some of that money to the sheriff's department budget. He said he plans to use that money to outfit some of the deputy's cars with equipment that will aid in the fight against drugs in the county.

"We take their money and use it against them," said Kemp.

"It would probably be feasible," said Clarke County board president, Paul Mosley. "Usually it is the fine money that we get, but this is a little different deal. But we need to check with the audit department to see what we need to do."

Cash seized in a drug bust typically goes to the department that makes the bust. Kemp said he believes at least some of the money should be returned to the department because it ultimately came from a drug bust.

"It is something that was done in the past, that some of the fine money went to the narcotics task force in the past," said Kemp. "But in the late 90s that was changed. Now all of it goes into the general fund."

The decision of whether or not the sheriff's department will receive the money will come at a later date.

Other boards of supervisors in east Mississippi counties met for the first time in 2008 Monday. Mike Luke was elected president of the Kemper County board of supervisors; Harold Reynolds, Neshoba County; Charles Moulds, Newton County.

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