Fentanyl Dealer Arrested
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TILLATOBA – A year-long multi-agency investigation led to an arrest Monday night of a drug dealer suspected of supplying fentanyl to Yalobusha and neighboring counties.
Yalobusha County Sheriff Jerimaine Gooch reported Lee Henson, age 51, of County Road 55, Tillatoba, was arrested during a traffic stop on Hwy. 330 near I-55 around 9 p.m. Deputies seized approximately two ounces of cocaine, 900 dosage units of fentanyl pills masked as counterfeit oxycodone pills, two firearms and approximately $4,200 in cash. Henson was charged with one count of trafficking fentanyl, one count of trafficking cocaine and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Gooch reported the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN) and the Tallahatchie County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the investigation that was launched almost a year ago after deputies received multiple tips of Henson allegedly selling fentanyl in Yalobusha and Tallahatchie counties. The sheriff also noted that fentanyl pills sold by Henson could be linked to lethal overdoses.
Gooch reported that deputies made multiple controlled purchases from Henson using informants before the arrest warrant was issued Monday. The U.S. Postal Service also intercepted several packages that had been shipped to Henson as part of the investigation.
Gooch said Henson was under surveillance for almost five hours before he was stopped and arrested Monday night.
“We stopped his vehicle when he was headed home,” Gooch reported. “He was compliant and admitted to having guns and drugs in his vehicle.”
The sheriff also said that Henson was on probation for a murder conviction in Texas. Henson is currently housed in the Yalobusha County Detention Center and the Mississippi Department of Corrections placed a hold on him.
“Additional drug arrests are suspected,” the sheriff added. “But like in times past, we take one person down and three will take their place. We have to start all over building cases.”