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Drug Arrests Top Activity At Sheriff’s Department During Last Week

By David Howell

OAKLAND – A traffic stop Friday night led to a big drug arrest for the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department.
    Sheriff Lance Humphreys reported deputy Thomas West and Constable Brent Anderson arrested Kenneth Jackson of Oakland after making the stop on County Road 216 last Friday night. Jackson gave consent for his 1998 Chevrolet Z71 pickup to be searched and eight grams of crystal meth was uncovered.
    “We don’t usually get this much meth,” Humphreys told the Herald. “This was a good score for law enforcement.”
    Jackson was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and careless driving. West and Anderson also seized $2,630 in cash and the vehicle.
    “This was a case we have been actively working for several months,” Humphreys added.
    In other law enforcement news:
    • Three people from Oakland were taken into custody last week for various drug offenses.
    Humphreys said Melinda Parnell was arrested for two counts of sale of a controlled substance after she was taken into custody on June 18. The sheriff said the arrest was made after an extensive investigation.
    “These two sale cases actually date back to 2013 when we made undercover drug purchases from her,” the sheriff explained.
    Also taken into custody on June 18 was Kendrick Chillis who had been previously indicted on two counts of sale of cocaine. Humphreys said Chillis was already out on a bond from an earlier offense.
    While authorities did not catch up with the third person wanted in Oakland during the June 18 raid, Fletcher White Jr. turned himself in the next day.
    White had also been indicted for two counts of sale of cocaine as part of an ongoing investigation.
    “We have been working to get these dealers off the street for a while. It takes a lot of work to build a case that will lead to a conviction,” Humphreys told the Herald about the Oakland arrests.
    • Deputies arrested Brad Sutherland of Water Valley for careless driving,  possession of cocaine and D.U.I.
    Sutherland had just made parole a month earlier on a felony DUI charge when he was stopped. Humphreys said Sutherland is in the Yalobusha County Jail and will have a hearing regarding his parole, which will likely be revoked.

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