Traffic stop leads to drug charges

Published 7:00 am Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Pearl River County man was arrested for drug related charges.
Sheriff David Allison said that narcotics investigators had been watching the home of 43-year-old James Alford, located at 9 Ella Mae Daniels Road near Poplarville, for several weeks due to complaints of high traffic visiting the home. The complaints alleged that drugs were being sold from the home, Allison said.
On Aug. 18 investigators conducted a stop on a vehicle being driven by Alford for careless driving at the intersection of West North Street and Highway 26. Allison said that during the stop investigators discovered Alford was driving with a suspended license and that he was wanted for a parole violation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
After Alford was taken into custody for the warrant and charges of careless driving and driving while license suspended, agents with MDOC requested the assistance of the narcotics investigators to perform an inspection of Alford’s home, Alison said.
During that inspection, MDOC officers and the narcotics investigators found a .32 caliber revolver on the bedroom dresser, resulting in a full search of the home, Allison said.
In the search, the officers found marijuana in a medicine bottle, marijuana cigarettes in a plastic bag and a pipe suspected to be used in the consumption of methamphetamine.
As a result of the findings, Alford was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, Allison said.

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