Drug raid nets five arrests near middle school

Published 5:00 am Friday, May 5, 2006

Five arrests were made during a multi-agency drug raid Thursdayat a residence less than 150 feet from Rod Paige Middle School,said Lawrence County Sheriff Joel Thames.

Jerry Smith, 23, of 1573 Nola Road, was charged with possessionof cocaine with intent to distribute within 1,500 feet of a schooland possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,500feet of a school.

Justin Williams, 19, of 1573 Nola Road, and Tommy Johnson, 26,of 1285 Railroad Avenue, Monticello, were both charged withpossession of cocaine with intent to distribute within 1,500 feetof a school and possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

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Torre Moye, 43, no address given, was charged with possession ofcocaine with intent to distribute within 1,500 feet of a schoolwhile Rhonda Warner, 21, with a Monticello post office box, wascharged with disorderly conduct.

Authorities seized 149.9 grams of cocaine and 300 grams ofmarijuana while executing a search warrant at the 1573 Nola Roadresidence around 4:30 p.m., Thames said.

“That’s the most I’ve seen in one location,” he said.

Also seized in the raid were two Glock semiautomatics, policescanners and $1,500 in cash, Thames said.

“This arrest should put a heavy dent in the drug traffic inMonticello,” he said. “Hopefully, this will slow things down for awhile.”

A second search warrant conducted at 1577 Nola Road, directlyacross the street from the first residence, did not reveal anyillegal activity.

“There was nothing found in the home. It was a location we hadreceived numerous complaints on,” Thames said.

Thirteen officers participated in the raid from the LawrenceCounty Sheriff’s Department, Monticello Police Department,Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and Department of Corrections.Constable Lessie Butler also participated in the investigation.