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JPD makes marijuana bust

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson Police have a man behind bars for manufacturing marijuana in his home. Thursday's bust was part of an investigation that spanned several days and resulted in the arrest of Jamal Maxon, 30, on charges of manufacturing marijuana within 1,500 feet of a church.  

Police say the bust, which took place Tuesday, is just the tip of the iceberg.  

Acting on numerous complaints of drug activity from residents, police obtained a search warrant for the house. Inside the home at 3008 Flora Street, they found six marijuana plants and a host of growing equipment.  

Chief Lindsey Horton said it's a rare find and he hopes that's because of the job his officers are doing.  

"If you take the weather of not only the South but Jackson in particular, you would think it would be conducive to this type of thing," said Chief Horton. 'But with the work and work ethic of this unit in the Jackson Police Department, they find it very difficult to engage at this level."

It's an impact Chief Horton says they must keep making to keep the city safe.  

"We do know and think there's a direct correlation between a lot of the violent crime that takes place in our city and the drug culture," said Horton. "We're not where we need to be."  

As part of Tuesday's investigation, JPD also searched another home at 1219 Marks Avenue. There they found two and a half pounds of marijuana. Two suspects remain at large, though it's unclear how they're connected to the case.  

Horton said the most valuable tool at their disposal is information from others.  

"The intelligence that we are receiving from various individuals, particularly our community, [is important,]" said Horton. "We are getting a lot of tips from our community. Our drug hotline is very active, and we continue to encourage individuals to call us, and as indicative of what we've done here, should they call, we'll respond."  

The latest crime statistics from JPD indicate violent crimes have dropped almost 5 percent versus this time last year. Chief Horton says they're ahead of the curve this year, but have to work hard to keep it going.  

It's unclear if the department's actions concerning illegal drugs have directly contributed to that drop in crime.

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