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20 people in custody after “Crackdown” operation in George County

On Thursday, the Southeast Mississippi Narcotics Task Force began serving arrest warrants for Operation “Crackdown” in the City of Lucedale and the surrounding George County.

The task force consisted of agents from the George County Sheriff’s Office, the Lucedale Police Department, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics who were assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Safe Streets Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, Border Enforcement Security Task Force, and the United States Marshals Service.

Operation “Crackdown” consisted of outstanding arrest warrants for 29 individuals, with 42 charges that stemmed from selling methamphetamine, crack cocaine and prescription opioids such as hydrocodone and oxycodone in the city of Lucedale and George County.

John Dowdy, Director of the MBN said that currently, 20 individuals are in custody following the operation.

“The operation today resulted in 20 arrests,” said Dowdy. “I would say that within the last few months we have arrested between 30 and 35 individuals for drug trafficking in George County.”

Agents also served arrest warrants on six individuals for possession of a controlled substance.

Authorities said that this is an ongoing investigation, and more arrests may be made at a later date.

“We are very fortunate to have some great partners in our sheriff’s around the state and our police chief’s and we are going to continue to expand our footprint in those cooperative efforts to make sure that we get the people who are selling drugs on our streets behind bars,” said Dowdy.

George County Sheriff Keith Havard assured the public that the Southeast Mississippi Narcotics Task Force would continue to work to reduce the drug problems in George and Greene Counties, and said that more operations similar to these will follow.

Below is a list of the individuals arrested:

Donzell Williams aka “Shipyard”: Sale of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) (2 counts)

Courtney Hickey: Sale of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine)

Bryan Bracks aka “Pooh Pie”: Sale of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) (2 counts)

Jennifer Herrington: Sale of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) (2 counts)

Adrianne Breland: Sale of Controlled Substance (Adderall)

Darrell Williams aka “Straight Cash”: Sale of Controlled Substance (Crack Cocaine), Sale of Controlled Substance (Crack Cocaine) within 1500ft of a church

Demetrius Spivery aka “Tron”: Sale of Controlled Substance (Crack Cocaine) within 1500 ft. of a church

Beverly McDowell: Sale of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine)

Roy Griffin: Sale of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) (2 counts)

Kendrick Booker: Sale of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Sale of Controlled Substance

(Methamphetamine) within 1500ft of a park

Tyler Davis: Sale of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) within 1500ft of a church

Nichole Hayes: Sale of Controlled Substance (Crack Cocaine) (2 counts)

Monitte Henderson: Sale of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine)

Clarrisa Blackston aka “RERE”: Sale of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine)

Walter Dortch: Sale of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) within 1500ft of a park

Christopher Brian Shoemaker: Sale of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine)

Michael Shane Smith: Sale of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) (2 counts)

Ben Cooley: Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine)

Harvey Louis Vise: Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine)

All of the above listed defendants were transported to the George County Regional Correctional Facility (GCRCF) pending their initial court appearance before Judge Jessie Underwood in George County Justice Court.

Photos courtesy of the George County Sheriff’s Department.

Donzell Williams

Harvey Vise

Demetrius Spivery

Michael Smith

Christopher Shoemaker

Beverly McDowell

Courtney Hickey

Jennifer Herrington

Monitte Henderson

Nicole Hayes

Roy Griffin

Walter Dortch

Tyler Davis

Benton Cooley

Adrianne Breland

Bryan Bracks

Kendrick Booker

Clarissa Blackston

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