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Lee County

Nine arrested

in drug bust

Agents with the North Mississippi Narcotics Unit concluded a month-long investigation Thursday involving the sale of prescription drugs.

Nine Lee County residents were arrested, and $3,000, one pistol and five vehicles are pending forfeiture. Agents recovered hundreds of dosage units of various prescription drugs, including pain medication Oxycodone, commonly known as Oxycontin.

“The national media has put out information recently concerning the abuse (of Oxycontin),” said Lt. Chuck Bunn, NMNU head. “We’ve just recently started seeing it in the Tupelo area.”

The drugs include schedule II, III and IV. As part of the investigation, the suspects were contacted and the drugs were delivered or picked up, Bunn said.

“Some of these suspects knew each other and associated in the selling of these drugs,” Bunn said.

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Tupelo Police Department Bike Patrol and Housing authority assisted. More arrests are pending.

clay county

Two charged

in armed robbery

WEST POINT – Police have charged two West Point men in the Thursday armed robbery of a Clay County business.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Department received a call from John’s Grocery of Highway 45 Alternate and Tibbee Road just after 2 p.m. reporting an armed robbery.

The caller stated that one black male entered the store and pointed a pistol at the clerk, demanding money. He took a jar of money from the counter while another black male watched. The two left together in a maroon Lincoln.

Deputy Billy Perkins later saw the vehicle on Churchill Road, and after stopping the car, took into custody a West Point man. The second suspect fled on foot. He was arrested Friday, and both are charged with armed robbery.

The two suspects are being held in the Clay County Jail without bond.

tippah County

Benefit to be held

for child with defect

BLUE MOUNTAIN – A fund-raiser will be held Jan. 19, for a 10-year-old with a birth defect requiring reconstructive surgeries.

Dakota Spears, son of David and Tish Spears of Blue Mountain, must undergo surgery in late January in Baltimore, Md., and other surgeries will follow.

The fund-raiser will be held at 5 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Blue Mountain Fire Station. Music will be provided by Bud and Hazel Huddleston, and there will be an auction, cake walk and a raffle for a Benchcraft recliner and a country ham. Food will be provided.

All proceeds will go toward medical and travel expenses.