Lee County officers nab longtime drug dealer

VERONA – An undercover drug purchase by Lee County officers has led to the arrest of a man with a lengthy history of narcotics convictions.

Willie C. Hobson, 49, of 4914 Raymon Ave., in Verona, is charged with possession of a crack cocaine with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Lee County Vice Narcotics Task Force officers made a purchase from Hobson on Wednesday and returned to his residence later in the day to find five rocks of crack cocaine, pain medication and a 9 mm weapon.

“It's not a very big bust, but the thing about it is he's been dealing with this mess since 1996,” Lee County Sheriff Larry Presley said. “He's already a convicted felon and we're sure that he had more in his house but flushed a good bit when he saw the officers coming.”

Most of Hobson's prior offenses occurred in Wisconsin, where he was once convicted of trafficking more than 100 grams of cocaine.

“Why he's down here in Mississippi I don't know,” Presley said. “With his prior convictions, he should still be in jail.”

The Lee County SWAT unit and Verona Police Chief Gerald Jones assisted in the arrest. Hobson is being held at the Lee County-Tupelo Adult Jail on $10,000 bond.