monroe County

Police searching for burglary suspects

AMORY - The Amory Police Department is asking for help in finding two men involved in a burglary Sunday morning.

A resident of Cainwood Drive reported she had been away from her home for a short time Sunday morning. Upon returning and unlocking her door, two males pushed her though the doorway and knocked her to the floor.

The suspects took cash and jewelry from the residence and fled on foot.

Officers recovered some of it a short distance away, lying in the street.

The suspects are black males in their 20s.

The victim said they wore blue bandanas, were around 5 feet nine inches tall, weighed around 200 pounds and were of a "sturdy" build.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office are assisting in the investigation.

Anybody with information on the crime should contact Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at (800) 530-9151 or any of the agencies involved in the case.


Traffic stop yields marijuana arrest

PEARL - More than a million dollars worth of marijuana was found when a Texas woman driving a van was stopped for a simple traffic infraction, Pearl police said.

Authorities said Angelica Lira, 26, was pulled over Friday by police who saw her van swerving.

Apparently, she was trying to control her two young children, who were not buckled in to their seats, and nearly hit a Pearl police officer.

Officers searched the van and confiscated numerous large, heavy vacuum sealed blocks of marijuana in wheel wells, doors and back panels of the van.

Chief Bill Slade between 150-200 pounds of marijuana was stashed in the car.

Lira agreed to cooperate with authorities and take authorities to her drop-off point in Gwinett County, Ga. where another 315 pounds was discovered and two men were arrested.

"We were able to make a controlled delivery," Slade said. "The folks came to pick up the marijuana and they were subsequently arrested."

Slade said Lira would be charged with possession with intent to deliver.

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