Lee County Sheriff’s office searching for drug suspect

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By JB Clark

Daily Journal

LEE COUNTY – The Lee County Sheriff’s Office took possession of a large quantity of high-grade marijuana, uncut cocaine and crack cocaine during a traffic stop Tuesday.

It is now searching for the driver of the vehicle who fled immediately after being pulled over in the area of Green Tee Road.

Sheriff Jim Johnson said deputies were called to the area after someone reported a reckless driver trying to run them over.

The vehicle was located and the driver evaded the deputy for a short time before pulling into a driveway and fleeing on foot. A K-9 unit from the Tupelo Police Department assisted deputies in searching for the driver of the vehicle but lost his trail after a block.

Johnson said he thinks someone picked the suspect up in another vehicle. In the vehicle deputies said they found a bag with 9 ounces of marijuana, which Johnson said is some of the higher-grade marijuana he’s seen in the area, as well as one ounce of powder and crack cocaine.

He said the drugs are worth between $5,000 to $10,000 on the street.

“We’re happy to have these drugs off the street but this suspect clearly has access to high-quality drugs and we want to shut his business down,” Johnson said.

The owner of the vehicle reported it stolen a few hours after the vehicle was seized by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnson said authorities are questioning the owner of the vehicle but don’t have charges on anyone and are still looking for leads.

He asked that the caller who made the initial 911 call or anyone with information contact his department at (662) 841-9040 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 773-8477.

jb.clark@journalinc.com