Search warrants lead to drug arrests

Chickasaw County Sheriff James Meyers stands with an automatic rifle, pistols, drugs, paraphenalia and cash seized in a drug arrest recently in Okolona.

 

Chickasaw Journal

CHICKASAW COUNTY – The Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department has executed two search warrants and arrested four people on drug charges following information provided by the public.

Robert Wall, 38, of Okolona, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine on Tuesday after a search of his residence turned up methamphetamine and paraphernalia.

John Blankenship, 35, of Okolona, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver/enhanced in presence of firearms after a search of his home turned up high-grade marijuana, seven grams of methamphetamine, a police scanner, a .40-cal. automatic pistols and semi-automatic AR-15 rifle.

Also arrested at Blankenship’s residence were Amber Pepper, 26, of Houston, and Adrian Gonzales, 31, of Tupelo. Both were also charged with possession of methamphetamine. Cory Brown, 33, and Samantha Cline, 26, both of Houston, were also arrested on drug charges.

Several hundred dollars in cash and assorted drug paraphernalia were also seized in the searches.

“We developed this case from calls from the community,” said Chickasaw County Investigator Michael Fowler. “We obtained search warrants and executed them and found these drugs and weapons. As with all drug arrests, we hope these arrests will lead to more arrests.”

A check of the pistol recovered in the Blankenship search is believed to have been stolen from the Memphis Police Department, and authorities are checking to see how it came to Okolona and if other charges can be brought.

“I want to commend our investigators and others for this investigation and these arrests,” said Chickasaw County Sheriff James Meyers. “We are trying to start the year off right and urge the community to call us if they have concerns about any kind of possible drug activity.

“We may not make an immediate arrest, but we will investigate it,” he added. “We are going to put a damper on illegal drugs in Chickasaw County.”

The suspects were placed in the Chickasaw County Jail. A court appearance was scheduled to set bond.

If convicted, those arrested could serve up to three years in prison.

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