150 grams of meth seized

Published 7:00 am Friday, May 16, 2014

Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department deputies seized 150 grams of methamphetamine during a check of a parked vehicle Wednesday, said Chief Deputy Shane Tucker.

Tucker said the incident occurred on Wednesday at 12:30 a.m., after Sgt. David Bean and Deputy Danny Slade noticed a vehicle parked in a dirt lot on Mississippi Highway 26 E near the Interstate 59 interchange in Poplarville.

Tucker said, both officers approached the vehicle to check on the passengers, who were later identified as Roderick R. Hinds, 48, of 808 7th St. NE in Arab, Ala. and Amanda M. Harder, 30, of 240 Pruitt Private Dr. in Hartselle, Ala.

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As Bean approached the vehicle, he observed Hinds place something in the driver’s side door, Tucker said.

After the officers asked the occupants for identification Slade noticed Harder had two prescriptions in her purse as she searched for her I.D., which were later identified as Soboxone and Sublingual, Tucker said.

He said, Harder and Hinds were asked to exit the vehicle so that the officers could interview them. When the officers asked permission to search the vehicle, their request was denied.

At that time, the officers called Cpl. Kristy Boyd and her K-9 Scar to come to the scene. As Scar was sniffing around the vehicle, he alerted officers to the presence of narcotics on the passenger and driver’s side doors, which gave the officers probable cause to search the vehicle, Tucker said.

Harder claimed she had a prescription for the Soboxone and Sublingual, but proof of the prescription was at her home in Alabama, Tucker said.

Officers searched the vehicle and found about 150 grams of methamphetamine, paraphernalia, prescription pills, four stun guns, two Bowie knives and a .38 caliber firearm, Tucker said.

Hinds was charged with five counts of felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and seven counts of possession of a deadly weapon by a convicted felon, Tucker said.

Harder was charged with one count of felony possession of a controlled substance and one count of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, Tucker said.