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5 arrested in drug bust near Jackson elementary school

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Five people were escorted out of the residence in handcuffs. Five people were escorted out of the residence in handcuffs.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Five people were arrested in a drug bust near a west Jackson school Thursday afternoon.

A tip to a drug hotline reportedly led Vice and Narcotics officers to 1052 Central St. Five people were escorted out of the residence in handcuffs.

When Jackson police raided the house, they found drugs, a gun stolen in Madison, and credit cards stolen in Hattiesburg. Officers also reportedly found drug scales, marijuana, cocaine and Xanax at the residence.

During the search, officers also discovered a stolen Entergy electric meter. Entergy says it's not unusual for police to find stolen electric meters during raids inside homes.

It's a problem throughout the utility's service area. Spokesperson Mara Hartmann says the company's latest numbers from 2011 show it's more common than you might think.

"We had about 5,000 cases of stolen electricity. That might be meter tampering. That might be electrical theft of some sort, meter theft and so forth, and that's just in Hinds County alone," explained Hartmann.

She says the numbers of stole electricity stay about the same each year.

Hartmann says electric theft impacts not only your bill but other services as well.

"Entergy pays a franchise fee to every municipality that we're in, in the state of Mississippi, and that money goes to bridges and roads and parks and so forth. And it's based on the amount of electricity sold," explained Hartmann.

Entergy has a department that investigates electricity and meter theft.

The company works with law enforcement. Recently Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis made it a point to look for homes that were pirating power during Operation T-BONE.

Entergy also asks employees and customers to help.

"We encourage our meter readers, when they are out in the field, what to look for. There are a variety of ways we look for this because this is a very serious crime," said Hartmann.

In addition to the stolen items, officers say prostitution has been an issue at the residence. They also believe the residence has ties to a gang called the Gangster Disciples.

The identities of the suspects and the charges against them haven't been released, but police say the charges will be enhanced because the home is 89 feet from Poindexter Elementary School.

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