JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Hinds County Sheriff's Department says some long-time drug dealers are now behind bars.
The arrests began back in April, when Ken Hobbs was arrested at 245 Camero Drive in North Jackson. Authorities believe he is a mid to upper level drug dealer who has been in Jackson for some time, but has connections in California and Texas. Authorities recovered nearly 23 pounds of marijuana, over $8,000 and two firearms from his home.
He is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute while in possession of a firearm.
Frank Moore was arrested June 29th in the 1600 block of Riverwood Drive in Jackson. He is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Gregory Johnson was arrested July 31st in a Days Inn motel room in Jackson. He is also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Ellis Kyles was arrested in Bolton August 3rd. He is charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana, each with intent to distribute. Officials also recovered nine firearms.
In all, the Hinds County Street Crimes Unit recovered 32 pounds of marijuana, several ounces of cocaine, and 11 firearms.
Authorities have reassigned some of the guns to officers to fight crime.
They also recovered two stolen vehicles and nearly $17,000.
Major Nick Clark, of the Hinds County Sheriff's Department, said this is just the tip of the iceberg.
"The drug business fuels every single crime that happens in our area," said Clark. "These people are dangerous. I think just by what happened over the weekend [when a Jackson police officer was shot and killed] there are people who are violent, and evil. And all marijuana, cocaine, any of these drugs just fuels that violence."
Hinds County officials believe the criminals are all connected, and they expect more arrests.
Clark said he believes the majority of the drugs originated in Mexico.
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