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HED: Couple arrested on drug charges

FULTON - Narcotics agents charged a Tremont couple Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in the county.

Tonya Henley, 32, and her husband, Gerald Henley, 49, were given $50,000 bond each by Justice Court Judge Barry Davis Friday afternoon on four counts of sale and conspiracy to distribute marijuana and sale and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamines, said Mike Edlemon, a North Mississippi Narcotics investigator.

Agents are seeing more methamphetamines, also called crystal meth, in the county, Edlemon said.

More arrests are expected as the three-month-old investigation continues, he said.

All of the charges against the Henleys, 21172 Mississippi Highway 23 North, Tremont, are enhanced because they were reportedly committed across from a church. If convicted, they could face 30 years in jail on each count.

North Mississippi Narcotics agents, Fulton police officers and Itawamba County sheriff's deputies and constables arrested the couple after searching their home Thursday morning, Edlemon said. They seized a small amount of drugs, several firearms and two vehicles.

Two Fulton women, Angela E. Shewbart, 26, of Mahl Road in the Clay community, and Karen Pill, 24, of 21365 Highway 25 North, were arrested on marijuana and methamphetamines charges earlier this month as part of the same ongoing investigation, Edlemon said.

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