Sheriff’s Department finds drugs during stops, search

Published 7:00 am Thursday, September 12, 2019

Deputies and narcotics investigators with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department found drug violations during routine stops and while serving search warrants.

On Aug. 19, narcotics investigators conducted a stop on two vehicles on Old Camp Road because the occupants were suspected to be involved with an ongoing case. Sheriff David Allison said the stop was conducted because the investigators saw suspicious activity between the two vehicles that involved 18-year-old Tatum Grace Courtney getting out of a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Bradley Dakota Martin before getting into another vehicle.

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When the investigators initiated the stop, Martin, of 52 Shady Oak Lane, Poplarville, fled. A short pursuit resulted in Martin pulling over and being taken into custody. A search of his person located methamphetamine, leading to his arrest for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

During the stop on the second vehicle, the investigators spoke with Courtney, of 1556 Purvis Baxterville Road., Purvis., and found methamphetamine and digital scales in her possession. Courtney was also arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, Allison said.

Later that same month on the 27th, investigators conducting routine patrols performed a traffic stop along Bouie Road. During the stop a K-9 unit provided backup and the dog was instructed to sniff around the vehicle, Allison said.

When the dog alerted to the possible presence of narcotics inside the vehicle, a subsequent search located a bag of methamphetamine, digital scales and a pipe allegedly used to consume the drug, Allison said. The discovery of those items in the vehicle resulted in the arrest of 29-year-old Justin Phillip Todd of 451 Anchor Lake Rd., for felony possession of a controlled substance and a probation violation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

On Aug. 29, deputies and narcotics investigators served a search warrant at the home of 29-year-old Frank C. Bass, located at 56 Lazy B. Rd. Allison said that as the deputies were speaking with Bass, he suddenly ran to the bathroom and attempted to flush a substance suspected to be methamphetamine, leading to a struggle between the suspect and law enforcement officers.

The investigators were able to recover a distribution amount of methamphetamine near the toilet and shower, along with digital scales and bags typically used to distribute illegal narcotics, Allison said. Continued searching of the home located more methamphetamine and paraphernalia.

Allison said that Bass was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and a probation violation with MDOC. Aliyah Sharrieff, 20 of 1821 36th Ave., Gulfport, and 29-year-old Marcus Creel of 906 Church St., Columbia, were also in the home at the time of the search and were arrested for felony possession of methamphetamine, Allison said.

While the search was ongoing, 22-year-old Tristan Trotter of 40 Gales Davis Rd., Lumberton pulled up to the house and a search of his person and vehicle located marijuana, leading to his arrest for possession of marijuana, Allison said.