Eleven arrested in sweep

Published 5:00 am Friday, August 18, 2000

MONTICELLO — Eleven suspects were arrested during the nightThursday as law enforcement agents here made a sweep through thecounty.

Seven of the suspects were arrested for sale of a controlledsubstance, three for possession of a controlled substance and oneon other charges, according to Sheriff Joel Thames.

Suspects facing a charge of sale of a controlled substanceare

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* Michael Shoulders, 26, Rt. 2 Box 517, Silver Creek;

* Kenneth C. Peyton, 27, Emmanuel Lane, Monticello;

* Julius Peyton, 19, 400 Lightplant Road, Monticello;

* Patrick Brown, 25, P.O. Box 517, Monticello;

* Ester McCullum, 28, P.O. Box 1253, Monticello;

* Howard Hall, 52, Rt. 3 Box 60, Monticello;

* Arturo Sanchez, 35, P.O. Box 1840, Monticello.

Suspects arrested on the charge of possession are

* Richard Reynolds, 44, Rt. 2 Box 83, Jayess;

* Rochele Calcote, 27, Rt. 2 Box 71AA, Jayess;

* Robin Calcote, 27, P.O. Box 228, Silver Creek.

One arrest was made on non-drug charges after Vickie Thornhill,29, Rt. 2 Box 77A, Monticello, interfered in the process ofofficers making an arrest. She is charged with obstructing justiceand disorderly conduct.

“This operation was the result of a seven month undercovereffort with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and the PearlRiver Narcotics Task Force,” Thames said. He said assistance wasalso received from the Monticello Police Department and Wildlife,Fisheries and Parks agents.

“During this operation, deputies seized a quantity of crystalmethamphetamine, marijuana, and a large number of other controllednarcotics, along with $600 cash, one handgun and variousparaphernalia associated with the distribution of illegalnarcotics,” Thames said.

The suspects face possible jail sentences ranging from 30 to 180years imprisonment. Thames said he expects about 10 more arrests tobe made in connection with the sweep.

Thames said some of the arrests were made possible byinformation received from county residents.