Ice cream sales allegedly disguised drug trafficking

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal


IUKA – The owner of an ice cream truck was arrested in Burnsville last week and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.
Tonya Wren, 39, of Ramer, Tenn., remains in Tishomingo County Jail with a hold by the Mississippi Department of Corrections and a $10,000 bond, said Sheriff Glenn Whitlock. She was in possession of 30 doses of Suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance.
“This case came about from an undercover narcotics operation, something we’ve investigated for quite a while,” Whitlock said. “She was on probation from a case out of Prentiss County, but her probation was transferred to Tennessee when she moved.”
Wren’s 1974 model van used for the ice cream sales also has been seized.
“We’re members of the North Mississippi Narcotics Task Force so the seizure process will go through them,” Whitlock said. “We’ve given notice of the seizure and depending on whether they contest it, it could be 30 days to a year or more before we know if it goes through.”
The case remains under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (662) 423-7000.