Police seek correct ID for suspects

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, May 3, 2000

Brookhaven police are attempting to positively identify two menwho were arrested Wednesday morning on drug charges following aroutine traffic stop in the city.

Police Chief Fred McKee said K-9 Officer Clint Earls stopped a1984 Chevy Blazer for expired tag around 3:30 a.m. near theintersection of Highway 51 and 550. While talking to the two men inthe vehicle, Earls observed police radar and scanning equipment andasked for consent to search the vehicle.

After consent was given, Earls found quantities of marijuana andcrystal methamphetamine and chemicals used in the manufacture ofcrystal methamphetamine, McKee said. Also discovered was drugparaphernalia and a large cache of knives, swords and otherweapons.

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The two men, one in his early 30s and the other in his early40s, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlledsubstance with intent to distribute, manufacture of controlledsubstance and possession of paraphernalia.

“We have some information they may be connected to a nationalmotorcycle gang,” McKee said.

The chief said each man was carrying five or six forms ofdifferent identification. Police were working on positivelyidentifying the men later this morning.

“At this point, we don’t know who they are,” McKee said.

In other law enforcement activity, a Jackson man is facing crackcocaine charges and another Jackson man is facing weapons chargesfollowing a routine traffic stop Tuesday afternoon.

McKee said police received a call of a possible intoxicateddriver near Brookway Boulevard around 1 p.m. During the stop, BillySherrod, 54, and Richard Butler, 44, were arrested.

Butler is charged with possession of crack cocaine. Sherrod ischarged with possession of a concealed weapon, possession of aweapon by a convicted felon and possession of drugparaphernalia.

An investigation involving the two men is continuing.

Also Tuesday, Lincoln County Sheriff Lynn Boyte said twoBrookhaven men were arrested in connection with several recentburglaries.

Christopher Portrey, 20, of 2423 New Sight Dr., and Marvin King,25, of 1536 Martin Lane are facing two counts of burglary of acommercial building following their arrests Tuesday afternoon.

On Sunday, the men allegedly broke into car washes on Highway 51and on Industrial Park Road and also took newspaper boxes from theSuperJack Truck Stop and Thornhill’s Country Store on Highway 84.Boyte said the men are also suspected in a Monday night breakingand entering at Case’s Grocery.

The two men remained in jail this morning.

“Bond will be set sometime today,” Boyte said.