Two charged in drug bust

Published 7:00 am Thursday, March 26, 2015

An investigation that took several weeks led to the arrest of two suspects alleged to have been operating a drug distribution operation out of two homes.

Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison said the investigation began as a community complaint brought about by heavy vehicle traffic at two homes on Jackson Landing Road.

After receiving the tip investigators set up a surveillance operation, which led to a search warrant being secured for both homes. Both warrants were served on March 6, at 3363 Jackson Landing Road, the home of 29-year-old Chastity J. Monix and 3370 Jackson Landing Road, the home of 42-year-old Contina V. Pippman-Smith.

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Within Monix’s home the investigators found crack cocaine, marijuana and some drug paraphernalia, Allison said. However Monix was not home at the time of the search, but she turned herself in on March 10, for the charges of possession of a crack cocaine with intent to distribute within 1,500 feet of a church and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,500 feet of a church, Allison said.

In Pippman-Smith’s home the investigators found drug paraphernalia that included digital scales found on the kitchen counter that contained a white powdery residue, Allison said. Pippman-Smith was home at the time of the search and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, Allison said.

The sheriff said the investigation showed that it appeared both houses were possibly working together in the distribution of controlled substances.