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15 arrested on various drug charges as part of large-scale warrant sweep by Marion County SWAT Team

Written by admin on February 5th, 2010

By Josh Mitchell/Informer Publisher

The suspects are taken into Justice Court for their initial appearances.

 Fifteen suspects were arrested on various drug charges Thursday in a large-scale warrant sweep conducted by the Marion County SWAT Team.

According to Pearl River Basin Narcotics Task Force Commander Brad McDermit, the arrests came after a year’s worth of investigations that involved undercover agents purchasing drugs off some of the suspects.

The 15 suspects’ cases are unrelated; they were simply arrested as part of the same warrant sweep. Drugs involved in the arrests included crack cocaine, powder cocaine and marijuana.

The suspects had their initial appearances in Marion County Justice Court this morning before judges Gwen Broom and Sharon Whitfield.

More suspects arrested in the warrant sweep make their way into the courtroom.

The Marion County SWAT Team, Narcotics Task Force and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office began executing the warrants Thursday morning at around 8:30. The first warrant was issued at 515 Nathan St. where Freddrick “Polkie” Showers, 44, was arrested on two counts of sale of a controlled substance within 1500 feet of a school and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute while in possession of a firearm.

The agencies executed the search warrants throughout the day in various locations until 2 a.m. Four suspects remain at large, and their names are not being released.

All of the suspects are from Marion County, except for one, who is from Bassfield. The suspect from Bassfield has not been caught.

Others arrested in the sweep were:

Richard Varnado, 44, felony possession of a controlled substance; Seth Coker, 23, sale of a controlled substance within 1500 feet of a church; Chris Peters, 41, sale of a controlled substance within 1500 feet of a church; Tommy Yawn, 38, manufacturing marijuana; Jerry Harrien, 39, possession of a controlled substance; Jeffery Boyd, 46, sale of a controlled substance within 1500 feet of a school; Carl Peters, 28, sale of a controlled substance within 1500 feet of a school; Justin Jefferson, 21, conspiracy to sell a controlled substance; Dexter Ezell, 50, sale of a controlled substance; De’Vree Allen, 22, two counts of sale of a controlled substance within 1500 feet of a school; Darian McClendon, 41, sale of a controlled substance within 1500 of a church; Desman Mikell, 19, sale of a controlled substance within 1500 feet of a school; Mary Lou Terrell, 46, sale of a controlled substance; and Jarvis Conerly, felony possession of a controlled substance.

 

9 Comments so far ↓

  1. G says:

    Very good. They need to more of this trash off of the streets.

  2. Barry Noone says:

    iam here to say thank you to the marion county,task force,P.R.N.T.F.& to Berkley Hall.
    Well Job Do .
    ‘Hats Off To Each Of You’.
    (1800-Crimestoppers).

  3. Anonymous says:

    I just want to say to “G”. Just because some of these guys were arrested for drugs DOES NOT and I repeat: DO NOT!! make them trash. But I do believe that you are trash for saying so. Some of these men have wives/families/friends that have a much different view of them. Just because they have done some things that are illegal does not make them bad people. Just people who make mistakes. It’s my personal opinion that others need to stop and think before such judgmental and biggoted things are said.

  4. G says:

    To anonymous….being related to one of those arrested….yes, trash is the correct word.

  5. Betty says:

    I’m very proud of the law enforcement officers that has been involved in doing the busts. They are grown adults and know better and most of them had prior drug related arrest and should have known not to do it again. As a parent I dont want my children to be exsposed to all the drugs on the streets. Congrats again to all the agencies involved. Been a long time coming.

  6. me says:

    My definition of “trash” is not relevant here, G. What I was saying is that no one should speak ill of someone they don’t know or have any idea about what goes on in their lives. Welcome to the real world people.

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