CRIME ROUNDUP: drug arrests, counterfeiting, courthouse burglary

news-crime-police-stockSmithville woman charged with sale of controlled substance


A Smithville woman has been charged with selling a controlled substance.

According to a statement from the Amory Police Department, the North Mississippi Narcotics Unit, assisted by the Amory and Smithville police departments, served a warrant for the arrest of Sherry A. Harris, 42, of Smithville on a charge of sale of controlled substance (Lortab).

Lortab is a prescription pain medication.

Her bond was set by Monroe County Justice Court Judge Robert Fowlkes at $5,000. Harris is out on bond.


Two arrested on drug charges in Pontotoc


Pontotoc County Sheriff Leo Mask reported this week that an Ecru man has been arrested on a drug charge, while a Pontotoc man has been arrested on burglary charges.

Sheriff Mask said that Timothy Terrell Gilliam, 39, of Johnson Bend, Ecru, was arrested January 31 and charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell. More than seven ounces of cocaine and $9,000 cash were confiscated in connection with Gilliam’s arrest, he said. Bond for Gilliam was set at $30,000, but the MDOC has a hold on him for parole violation, Mask said.

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and Highway Patrol assisted the sheriff’s department with the case, Mask said.

In a second arrest, Kevin Danial Merritt, 20, of New Hope Road, Pontotoc, has been charged with three counts of burglary.

Sheriff Mask said Merritt, arrested Feb. 9, is charged with burglarizing three homes in the New Hope Road area.

No bond had been set.


Starkville man arrested on cocaine charges


STARKVILLE – A Texas man was arrested in Starkville over the weekend and charged with possessing about $100,000 worth of cocaine.

Charles A. Skelly, 25, of Houston, Texas, was charged with one count of possession of a kilogram of cocaine with intent to distribute after he was stopped early Saturday morning.

He is in the Oktibbeha Couty Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

The arrest is the result of a week-long investigation between the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, with assistance from the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office.


Baldwyn woman charged with counterfeiting


OXFORD (AP) – A Baldwyn woman who pleaded guilty in a counterfeit money case is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 28.

Wendy Nicole Vick was charged in August with two counts of creating and passing counterfeit currency.

She pleaded guilty in October in U. S. District Court in Aberdeen to one count of making fake money.

The indictment said she made and used the fake bills in June 2010.

Her sentencing is to take place in federal court in Oxford.


Prentiss County tax office burglarized


BOONEVILLE – Prentiss County law enforcement officials are looking for the person who broke into the Prentiss County Tax Collector’s Office on Jan. 30.

A suspect obtained entry into the office between 6 p.m. Jan. 30 and 6:45 a.m. Jan. 31 and took a large sum of money from a safe.

Cash and checks were stolen.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 800-773-8477. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest, and the Prentiss County Board of Supervisors is offering an additional $5,000 reward.

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