Sheriff’s Department nets drug suspects

Published 2:44 pm Friday, February 18, 2011

A routine traffic stop and a community complaint led to the arrest of four suspects in two separate incidents, both related to methamphetamine activity.

The first incident occurred on Feb. 7 when Deputy Joe Garcia stopped on a vehicle at the intersection of Mississippi Highway 43 and U.S. Highway 11, said Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier.

During the stop Garcia identified three people in the car, 32 year old Michael Varnado, 40 year-old Sabrina Varnado and 36 year-old James Varnado, all of 122 Elmer Jackson Road. Saucier said Garcia asked for consent to search the vehicle during the stop, which was granted, and in that search he found a box of pseudoephedrine pills in the back seat.

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Continued investigation into the presence of the regulated cold medication discovered the three suspects allegedly were going to use the medication at their home to manufacture methamphetamine, so Saucier said all three were charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

In a separate incident, community complaints led investigators to the home of David Hall Jr., at 249 Restertown Rd. When investigators arrived at the home, they spoke with Hall who gave his full cooperation, not only granting consent to search his home but also leading the investigators to where he hid precursor chemicals such as ammonium nitrate, sulfuric acid and an HCL generator in a bathroom wall, Saucier said. Investigators also found about two grams of methamphetamine, so Hall was charged with possession of precursor chemicals and possession of methamphetamine, Saucier said.