By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
HOLLY SPRINGS – Some 40 local, state and federal law enforcement officers arrested about two dozen people on Friday of more than 50 who were indicted recently by a Marshall County grand jury.
Officers from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Holly Springs and Byhalia Police Departments, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the U.S. Marshal Service participated in the roundup that began while most people were still asleep.
“Most of them were during the early hours of the morning,” said Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson. “We got our jail full.” All the arrests were made without violent incident, he added.
At least one indictee eluded officers by disappearing into nearby woods, but Dickerson is confident he won’t stay hidden long.
“We had one or two flee that we didn’t get, but we’ll get ‘em in the next few days,” he said.
Only about half of those recently indicted were nabbed in Friday’s roundup, but some indictees will be arrested after they are stopped for traffic violations, Dickerson said, and many others will come in voluntarily to post bond after learning of their indictments.
While some recent indictments were for robbery or burglary charges, most are related to either the possession or sale of illegal drugs.
“We’ve got a lot of people selling drugs to our young people and anybody else who wants them,” Dickerson said.