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07/22/2011

Major Marijuana Bust July 21,2011

Sheriff Tolar and Alcorn
County Sheriff Rinehart

Record Seizure for
Prentiss County

Marijuana Being
repackaged

Roughly 400-430lbs of
Marijuana July 2011

Jimmy Wade
Lauderdale

Kevin Douglas Cole

Harry R Lewis

David Harold Cutler

Jose Gonzales

Early yesterday morning the Prentiss County Sheriff's Office in Cooperation with the Alcorn County Sheriff's Office and North MS Narcotics put a huge dent in to Drug Trafficking breaking up a multi state Marijuana Distribution Ring,  Five individuals including a Prentiss County Resident were arrestted in the operation.  This Investigation began was a approx. a 6 month long in depth probe into the trafficking of Marijuana.  This was a major hub of distribution.  We seized roughly 400-430 lbs of Marijuana, multiple vehicles and other assets and a very sizeable sum of currency.  We executed a search warrant yesterday morning on the suspect residence and shop located at 343 CR 8021 Rienzi which is located just north of Boonveille.  Further details to follow identifying the suspects and charges.

 

Sheriff Randy M Tolar
Prentiss County Sheriff

Jimmy Wade Lauderdale
Kevin Douglas Cole

Update:

Harry R Lewis
David Harold Cutler
Jose Gonzales

On Thursday morning 07/21/2011 a several month long multiagency Narcotics Investigation resulted in the arrest of five individuals and the breaking up of  a Hub of Distribution of a large Scale Marijuana distribution Ring.   Prentiss County Deputies and Narcotics Investigators executed a search warrant at the residence and shop of Jimmy Wade Lauderdale at 343 CR 8021 Rienzi just north of Booneville.  Authorities seized roughly 400-430 lbs of Marijuana along with numerous vehicles and other assets and a sizeable amount of currency as a result of freezing several bank accounts.  These arrests disrupted a multistate distribution ring.  The Prentiss County Offender appears to be the hub.  When the Officers entered the building four of the Individuals allegedly were in the process of breaking down the larger packages of Marijuana into smaller sized packaging and preparing to load into vehicles.  Arrested were Jimmy Wade Lauderdale age 74 of 343 CR 8021 Rienzi bond $750,000, Kevin Douglas Cole age 60 of Lot 45 Moose Lodge RV Center Evart Michigan bond $500,000, David Harold Culter 68 of 2266 Birch Drive Sears Michigan bond $500,000, Harry R Lewis age 71 of Hiram Georgia bond $500,000 and Jose Gonzales of 7037 I55N Marion Arkansas No bond at this time.  Gonzales was arrested on a traffic stop in Corinth after having allegedly delivered the Marijuana to Lauderdales premises prior to our search.  All have been charged with Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute   This is the largest seizure of Marijuana in Prentiss County History.  We are very appreciative of the Alcorn County Sheriff's Office and the Cooperation we have had with them.  The exchange of information between agencies is vital to successful investigations and here we see the results.  Agencies assisting in this case were the Alcorn County SO, Corinth PD, Booneville Narcotics and North MS Narcotics.  We have devoted many hours of intelligence gathering and surveillance in this case that probably would not have been possible with out the assistance of these other agencies, along with the patience and persistence of our Narcotic Officer Joey Clark, he deserve much of the credit for his work. 

 Further update:

David Harold Cutler has positively been identified by means of our new fingerprinting technology as actually being David Harold Spencer who has an extensive criminal history. Apparently the name he originally provided was an alias.


 
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