67-year-old convicted felon busted in drug raid - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

67-year-old convicted felon busted in drug raid

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A tip led Hinds County deputies to a seemingly unlikely drug trafficker, who unsuspecting neighbors said they had no idea was running an operation in their community.

"I couldn't image him doing that," said a Ferguson Drive resident.

The man, who we will call John, is the neighbor of 67-year-old David Morehouse, a convicted felon who was arrested Tuesday by the Hinds County Narcotics Unit at his Ferguson Drive home in south Jackson.

Sheriff Victor Mason said a tip led to the seizure of more than $13,000 in cocaine and marijuana.

Deputies also collected more than 120 Xanax pills and four firearms.

"He was humble and didn't bother anyone to me. I never knew what was going on," added John. "I just see him, just speak to him. We go on about our business, but I didn't even know he had dealings like that".

Morehouse is charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine and a control substance with intent to distribute, as well as being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The sheriff also has a warning about a scam targeting elderly residents.

A caller pretends to be a deputy and says you missed jury duty or have an outstanding warrant. He then  demands that money be wired to a location or loaded onto a Green Dot Money Pack card or face arrest.

The scam was first reported to the agency Thursday and continued through the weekend. Sheriff Victor Mason believes the calls are being made by inmates with cell phones.

"It's not us doing it but we do have the numbers, and we're trying to track down names as well as numbers," said Mason. "But we believe they're coming from other detention facilities around the Georgia area." 

The sheriff said the department never asks for money and only the Hinds County Chancery Court receives payments.

Contact the Hinds County Sheriffs Department at 601-857-2600 if you receive these type calls.

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