By JB Clark
TUPELO – Three Georgia residents were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute Monday after motel employees reported a possible narcotic in the room of their North Gloster Street motel.
Jeffery Burt Fordham, 36, of Bowdon, Ga., was charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Billy Joe Ashley Jr., 32, and Tiffany Marie Midkiff, 33, both of Carrollton, Ga., were each charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute.
Their bonds were set at $1 million each by Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland Wednesday afternoon. Holland said she set the high bond amount because, since they live out of state, they are a flight risk.
The North Mississippi Narcotics Unit alleges investigators found 13 ounces of crystal meth in the motel rooms belonging to the three, along with a large amount of cash. After executing a search warrant on the rooms, police allege the three arrived at the motel in a vehicle matching the description reported to law enforcement. Inside the vehicle, four more ounces of crystal meth and another large amount of cash was found.
Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre said his department was tipped off by motel employees who found what they thought to be narcotics while cleaning the rooms.