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COFFEEVILLE – A Coffeeville man is behind bars after mistaking flashing vehicle emergency lights at a fire scene for a driver’s safety checkpoint and allegedly tossing three ounces of methamphetamine out of his vehicle window on May 28.
Yalobusha County Sheriff Jerimaine Gooch reported Michael Green, 60, was charged with drug trafficking due to the amount of methamphetamine that deputies recovered.
“Firefighters had responded to a fire on County Road 436 and were on the scene when Green approached and thought it was a checkpoint,” Gooch explained.
Green allegedly threw the drugs out of his window, but an observant firefighter saw him and told deputies who were also on the scene. As he passed the fire, Green turned around and came back. Gooch reported deputies stopped him and made the arrest. The drugs were recovered from the roadside.
Green remains in custody on the Yalobusha County charges in addition to a hold from the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
“Arkansas wants him for a probation violation for a kidnapping charge,” Gooch reported.
Other arrests reported by the sheriff include:
Three people were arrested and charged with commercial burglary after Denman’s Animal Clinic was broken into on May 25. Gooch reported Gabriell Rogers of Water Valley, Daniel Sena, 22, of Sardis and Heather Cross, 19, of Tennessee were arrested after allegedly forcing entry into the veterinarian’s office two times. Citing statements from the suspects and security camera footage, the sheriff said the suspects entered the business on May 25 at 2 a.m. and returned at 9:35 p.m. A bag containing cash was reported missing.
Chief Deputy Thomas West reported Rogers was employed at the clinic. After the break-in, all three suspects traveled to Nashville, Arkansas and Tennessee on a short trip before returning to the area. Rogers turned herself in to deputies. Sena and Cross were arrested in the bathroom at Metro Park in Oxford on May 31.
“We worked with the Metro Narcotics Unit to take both of them into custody without incident,” West said.
Deputies also recovered Roger’s vehicle in Panola County near the Chickasaw campground area.
Gooch reported the investigation was ongoing, but evidence indicates Sena and Cross had dropped Rogers off at a friend’s house when they returned to Mississippi and were going to take her vehicle.
“They had started painting the vehicle to alter the appearance,” the sheriff explained.
Rogers posted bond and was released from the Yalobusha County Detention Center.
Sena and Cross both remain in custody.
“The Mississippi Department of Corrections has a hold on Sena. He is also under investigation in adjoining counties for unrelated incidents,” Gooch said.
• Maravius Burton was arrested on May 22 on County Road 211 near Hwy. 330 following a lengthy pursuit. Deputies initially tried to stop Burton after he turned around to avoid a driver’s safety checkpoint in Oakland. The pursuit entered Grenada County and then traveled back up the interstate to Tillatoba and across Hwy. 330 to Coffeeville. Deputies were to stop Burton’s vehicle after utilizing spike strips to puncture the tires.
“He rammed a deputy’s vehicle as it ended,” West said.
Burton was charged with felony fleeing, aggravated assault on a police officer, no driver’s license, no liability insurance, careless driving and possession of paraphernalia.
• Justin Tucker of Water Valley was arrested during a traffic stop on Frostland Drive on May 21. Tucker had a warrant from Lafayette County.
• Ellis Coley of Grenada was arrested for DUI after deputies found him passed out in his vehicle at the intersection of Hwy. 32 and Hwy. 51 on May 21.
• Bryce Winters of Lafayette County was arrested on a felony warrant from Lafayette County on May 14.
• Anthony Kimball was arrested on May 13 at the intersection of Hwy. 32 and Hwy. 51. Kimball had a warrant from Charleston.
• Jamia Cannady was arrested on May 5 at the intersection of Hwy. 32 and Hwy. 51. Cannady had an arrest warrant from Panola County.
• Chelsey Reeves of Water Valley was arrested on May 5 on County Road 107. The Mississippi Department of Corrections had an outstanding warrant for Reeves.
• Robby Poteete was arrested for a Desoto County warrant on April 29. The arrest was made following a traffic stop on County Road 436.
• Valerie Kelly was arrested in Fulton on April 28. She was charged with burglary and simple assault in connection with a residential burglary that occurred in the Long Branch area.
• Ladarion Purnell of Grenada was arrested during a traffic stop on Hwy. 7 in the Velma community on April 28. Purnell was charged with careless driving, DUI first and possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle.