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Indiana Man Faces Drug Charges

By David Howell

SCOBEY– An Indiana man was charged with manufacturing marijuana after the sheriff’s department confiscated a marijuana plant and equipment for an indoor growth facility.
    Dominque Neal was arrested at a driver’s license checkpoint on Oct. 4 and initially charged with DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended driver’s license and no liability insurance.
    But what really caught the deputy’s attention was equipment in the back of his vehicle that would allegedly allow indoor growth of marijuana plants.
    “He had everything in his vehicle you would need for indoor growth,” Sheriff Lance Humphreys told the Herald. “Although the equipment itself is not illegal, it was a good indication of illegal narcotic activity,” the sheriff explained.
    Deputies received consent to search a residence in Scobey where Neal had been staying and found a marijuana plant and holes where more could have been growing.
    “It looked like a decent-sized operation, our suspect  was set up to grow numerous indoor plants,” the sheriff explained.
    In other law enforcement activity, Humphreys reported:
    • A 2012 Honda 500 four-wheeler was reported stolen from Hwy. 315 South on Oct. 3. The sheriff said his department has very little information at this time. He is reaching out to the public for information that would help break this case.
    “Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction,” Humphreys reported.
    To report a tip in this case or  any other crime, contact the Yalobusha County CrimeStoppers at 1-866-933-TIPS or 473-4935 or send an email to: TIPS@Yalobusha County. net.
    “We are looking for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious,” the sheriff explained.
    • Made a misdemeanor arrest for possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle on County Road 211 on Oct. 6.
    • Cited a driver on Hwy. 32 for careless driving, driving with a suspended license and possession of paraphernalia on Oct. 5.
    • Made an arrested on Hwy. 51 for driving with a suspended driver’s license.
    • Took a report of a stolen push mover on County Road 15. The owner noticed the mower was missing after returning from an out-of-town trip.
    • Took a report involving a dispute at the Water Valley Boat Landing area on Sept. 30. Both subjects filed charges including domestic violence, malicious mischief and trespassing.
    • Took a report of cyber stalking in Coffeeville. The sheriff said the report stemmed from an inbox message on the victim’s Facebook page.
• Took a report of leaving the scene of an accident on Hwy. 330 East on Sept. 30.
    • Made an arrest for DUI, possession of paraphernalia and no proof of liability insurance on Sept. 30 on Hwy. 330.
    • Took a report of domestic violence on Sept. 30.
    • Investigated a report of harassing phone calls.
    • Made an arrest for domestic violence on County Road 10 on Sept. 25.

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