Deputies make three drug arrests

Published 10:29 pm Saturday, October 28, 2006

Sheriff’s deputies arrested three suspects on drug charges last week.

The arrests involved two traffic stops and a drug investigation by Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department deputies.

On Oct. 25, deputies were performing a traffic stop and driver’s license check at the intersection of Shawtown and Barth roads, according to a Sheriff’s Dept. release. A Toyota pickup truck driven by Christopher Thomas, 20, of 26751 Standard Dedeaux Rd., pulled up to the check point. When a deputy approached the vehicle, he observed a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette in the ashtray, according to the release. After Thomas was taken into custody for possession of the marijuana, deputies conducted a search of the truck and found methadone.

Thomas was charged with possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance (methadone), the release states.

Also on Oct. 25 deputies conducted a consent search at 42 Pappy Place, Lumberton, as a result of a drug investigation. During the search deputies interviewed Jeffery Scott Whitten, 23, of 21 Henry Rd., Poplarville. During the interview deputies discovered Whitten had methamphetamine in his possession, according to the release.

Whitten was charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine.)

A day later, on Oct. 26, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a Nissan Altima for driving erratically on Interstate 59 southbound and found Claudia Davis, 44, of Oscar Smith Rd., behind the wheel, according to the release.

Deputies discovered Davis had a suspended license from a previous DUI. During an inventory of Davis’ vehicle, deputies found two “cookies” equaling to about half an ounce of crack cocaine and some marijuana. She was charged with driving with a suspended license, careless driving, possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine) with intent to distribute.