Traffic stop leads to meth arrests

By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times

Two local men face charges after the discovery of drugs and a working
meth lab during a traffic stop.

Webster County Sheriff Tim Mitchell said after receiving a report of
a suspicious vehicle on Feb. 27, Chief Deputy Jeff Mann responded and
located the vehicle in the Greensboro community.

The vehicle in question was a “rolling meth lab,” according to the
sheriff’s office. After searching the Nissan Altima, several grams of
methamphetamine, several small bags of marijuana, methamphetamines
precursors and what is called a “shake-and-bake” lab were recovered
from the vehicle. Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics authorities were
also notified and aided in the collection of the evidence.

The vehicle’s occupants, Tyler Nelson White, 23, of Eupora and Shawn
Raney, 25, of Maben were taken into custody. White was charged with
possession of precursors, manufacture of meth, possession of meth
with intent and DUI-other. He also had an outstanding warrant for
failure to appear on bond. Raney was charged with possession of meth.

White remained in the Webster County Jail under $50,000 bond as of
Tuesday while Raney was released Friday on $5,000 bond.

Mitchell also said that if anyone sees anything suspicious in their
area such as a vehicle that doesn’t belong to call 911 and report it.

“Just like today (Feb. 27) you never know what they could be up to,”
he said.

Mitchell added that with the growing number of these shake-and-bake
labs, the disposal of the labs is ending up on the community’s
roadsides. He warned people that if they see any suspicious bottles
in their yards or ditches, especially ones that have a hose coming
out of it, to be careful.

“The remains of these labs are very toxic and dangerous,” Mitchell
said. “If you think that you have found any of these items, please
call 911 and have the proper authorities collect and dispose of the
material.”

Student Faces
Drug Charge
In an unrelated case, the Eupora Police Department has charged a
Eupora High School student with selling marijuana at the school.
Police Chief Gregg Hunter said EHS contacted him Feb. 11 regarding an
incident that day which led to senior Lazerick Davis being charged
with sale of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, a felony.

“It was on school property during school hours,” said Hunter. The
charging affidavit filed against Davis alleges he sold less than 30
grams of marijuana to a juvenile EHS student at the school.

“They (EHS) cooperated with me fully,” Hunter said. “The district
attorney reviewed the evidence in the case and we are proceeding
forward with the charges.”
Davis, 19, was formally charged Feb. 22 and posted bond of $5,000. He
awaits a preliminary hearing set for 3 p.m. March 19. Hunter said the
EPD will be seeking an enhanced penalty because the incident occurred
on school grounds.

Eupora police also made two other felony drug arrests last month.
Lewis Keith Bright, 43, and Amanda Hill, 32, were arrested Feb. 16
and charged with possession of meth.