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15 arrested on federal drug charges in Scott County

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Herbert Townsend (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Department) Herbert Townsend (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Department)
Michael Hunt (Source: Scott County  Sheriff's Department) Michael Hunt (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Department)
SCOTT COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Department of Justice says 15 people have been indicted on federal drug charges following a drug investigation in Scott County called "Operation Brusha."

Fourteen people were arrested Wedneday by a multi-agency team. The team seized multiple firearms, ammunition, small amounts of narcotics and two bank accounts.

The five-year investigation focused on activities in the Brusha Community north of Forest, according to Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee.

"They were transporting and distributing crystal meth in the ice form.   The tests were getting back are that it was 100% pure." says Lee.

Sheriff Mike Lee says they raided five homes of suspected drug dealers who had been distributing large amounts of the drug.

Sheriff Lee says, "It's huge for us and our neighboring counties.  We had an organization that was supplying drug deals in and around Scott county and very far reaching."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, ICE Homeland Security Investigations, and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics investigated the case. The Mississippi Highway Patrol,  Forest Police Department, Scott County Sheriff's Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation assisted in the investigation.

Those involved were arraigned in federal court Wednesday.

Those arrested were:

  • Herbert "Smurf" Townsend, 31, of Forest, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Tammie Townsend, 36, of Forest, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Kenny Rogers Waits, 30, of Lake, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 5 grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Sandra Johnson, 41, of Lake, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Carlos Johnson, 25, of Forest, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
  • George "Pig" Johnson, 23, of Lake, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Michael "Bird" Hunt, 39, of Lake, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 5 grams of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Arthur Ray Townsend, 56, of Forest, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
  • John D. Anderson, 48, of Lake, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 5 grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Charles Wayne Loper, 35, of Forest, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Frederick Stowers, 56, of Forest, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Scottland Stewart, 28,  of Lake, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine base and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
  • Shamal Anton Moss, 32, of Lake, Mississippi, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
  • Nagsascus Terell Culpepper, 31, of Forest, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Marlon Faber, 38, of Los Angeles, California, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

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