JACKSON – Three men tied to the burglary of Turnage Drug Store were arrested in the Jackson area by agents of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
The arrests were the culmination of a six-month investigation of a series of pharmacy burglaries called “The Trash Bag Gang.”
The trio is being held on $1 million bond each in connection with the burglary of an Ackerman pharmacy.
Two men were arrested at a residence in south Jackson and the third was arrested in Gluckstadt. Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents seized nearly 6,500 dosage units of narcotics, six marijuana plants, 30 grams of processed marijuana and a Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) laced popsicle.
“Evidence was also found that tied them to the burglary of Turnage Drug Store,” said Captain Roger Thomas of the Water Valley Police Department. “The investigation is not complete at this time, but we feel very confident that charges will come either in a local grand jury or a statewide grand jury.”
We are two-for-two on our drugstore burglaries,” Thomas added, referring to an incident in early March when a brick was thrown through the back door of the long-time Main Street business and unknown amounts of drugs and narcotics were taken. Two days later, police arrested Beau Rayburn, 31, and charged him with burglary and grand larceny in connection with that Turnage Drug Store break-in.
The individuals arrested in the Jackson area have been identified as 31-year-old Marcus Taylor, 31-year-old Maurice Taylor and 22-year-old Leabrian Myers. The Taylors, who are twins, were arrested at 1412 Dorgan Street in Jackson and Myers was arrested during a traffic stop on Gluckstadt Road in Madison County. All three were arrested Dec. 7, Myers shortly after 11:00 a.m. and the Taylors at about 12:30 p.m.
All three are being held in the Choctaw County Detention Center. They have been charged with one count each of burglary of a commercial building.
“The number one drug abuse problem in Mississippi is no longer marijuana or cocaine,” Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director Marshall Fisher said. “The biggest threat is pharmaceutical drug abuse and as a direct result organized groups are focusing on pharmacy burglaries, which have become a major problem not only in Mississippi but in many other states, as well.”