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Investigators seize drugs during traffic stop

Jay Helton
arrested for Possession
with Intent to Distribute

Marijuana and Cash
seized during arrest


Sheriff with items seized
during arrest

On 03/25/2011 Thursday night/early Friday morning, Prentiss County Deputy David Berrios made a traffic stop on West of Booneville that resulted in the discovery of 133 bags of marijuana with a total weight of almost 1 pound. The Deputy arrested Jay Edgar Helton of 1319 Hwy. 9, North Guntown, age 20. He was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance (Marijuana) with the intent to sell or distribute. His bond was set at $10,000. He was released on bond later the same day. It was determined through our investigation that Helton was a student at Northeast Mississippi Community College and had been supplying other students. This was a major arrest, anytime we can arrest someone that was selling this quantity of drugs and also selling to students. I hope this sends a clear message to others that might try the same thing. I am very pleased with this arrest and the Investigating Officers did an outstanding job. In addition to the bags of marijuana, Investigators also seized cash and other evidence of his drug dealings.

Sheriff Tolar

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