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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  • by Jen Location: Plaster Rock on May 24, 2009 at 09:54 PM
    I don't understand why Corey and Dean were only charged with a small amount of marijuana, when the police found so much more...what happend to the rest of the dope??? Corey was charged with 2.6 lbs, butthey found 76.5lbs ... I find this very odd!! PLEASE DO TELL ALL MERIDIAN STAR!!
  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2009 at 11:01 PM
    YUP! I hear ya..
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2009 at 10:53 PM
    LOL When you spit in the air, it lands on your nose Wesley :) Looks to me like your getting your face covered!! Im enjoying this new look on you!
  • by truthfully Location: PLASTER ROCK on May 5, 2009 at 09:01 PM
    I agree.. Wesley Daye (of all people)"calling the kettle black" would blow anyones mind. He is a cheat, a liar and a con artist. He always been and always will be. Anyone in Anfield and surrounding areas can tell you that. He's a snake.
  • by UNKNOWN on Apr 20, 2009 at 09:30 AM
    WOW my mind has been blown away. I can not believe this. someone pinch me and make sure this is real. and not some naional Inqire thing. and for tht person tht make tht comment about corey's weight that is ____ ignorant. have respect and grow up
  • by Friend Location: Near Anfield NB on Apr 6, 2009 at 10:43 PM
    I think that was a very ignorant comment that Wesley made about Corey. Grow up Wesley, you have done far worse..and everyone knows that.
  • by Friend of Chapel Bros Location: NEAR on Mar 29, 2009 at 09:44 PM
    What the boys did was wrong, I agree.. But others have done far worse.. Give them a chance.. they know they did wrong and know that they have been given a chance to change.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2009 at 01:26 PM
  • by It's me Location: Canada on Mar 17, 2009 at 07:46 AM
    Hmmm, good point... it is a wonder, for just being Canadians that they didn't throw you all in jail and throw the key away for an aledged crime like that. I think that justice was served, after all, they probably sold the rest to help out the General Fund!!! LOL
  • by i wonder:P Location: somewhere on Mar 14, 2009 at 06:11 AM
    I am thinking that is seems kinda "funny" that two canadians got such a "slap" on the wrist for something like that!!WANT SOME CHEESE?? HA HA!!!
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