Citizen’s tip helps lead JCSD to lab
LAUREL — Two Jones County men were captured and arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine following a foot pursuit Monday morning.
Shaunita Weathersby-Windham, public information officer for the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, said Ovett residents Marshall Rowell, 26, and Charles Landrum, 29, were arrested at Rowell’s residence at 9 Black Jack Lane at about noon Monday.
Shown is more than $5,000 in cash and other items
confiscated at an Ovett residence Friday where two
men were arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine.
- Marshall Rowell
“Narcotic Investigators arrived at Rowell’s residence in the 100 block of Black Jack Lane to follow-up on concerns that meth was being cooked at the residence,” said Weathersby-Windham.
“Upon arrival, they noticed two subjects fleeing from the rear of the residence to a nearby wooded area. After a short foot pursuit, Investigators nabbed the subjects and placed them under arrest.”
Authorities seized more than $5,000 in currency, two hand guns, numerous ingredients used to manufacture meth, approximately one ounce of commercialized meth also known as “Ice,” as well as over an ounce of homemade meth which was manufactured at Rowell’s residence.
Both subjects were booked in the Jones County Adult Detention Center. Rowell faces charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon while Landrum is being charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
According to Weathersby-Windham, JCSD narcotics investigators report that the number of meth related arrest have dwindled since a law was enacted in July 2010 that makes it illegal to purchase pseudoephedrine products without a prescription. Pseudoephedrine is the most active ingredient used to manufacture methamphetamine.
However, investigators note that the manufacture and sale of meth has not dwindled as much as they would like. Weathersby-Windham said it’s partly due to the notion that drug dealers are crossing state lines to purchase this much needed ingredient and then bringing it back to Jones County to complete the process of manufacturing the drug.
“Methamphetamine is still the most problematic drug in Jones County,” said Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge. “We have seen a major decrease in the use and sale of this drug since the new law, but we realize that methamphetamine or any other drugs will not disappear overnight.
“We have remained aggressive towards our stance of illegal drugs in Jones County by increasing our visibility and enhancing our relationship with citizens, many of whom we depend on to be our ‘ears and eyes’ throughout the community,” added Hodge.
JCSD officials point out that Monday’s arrests were the result of citizens being vigilant in reporting illegal drug activity. Both suspects remain behind bars at the Jones county Adult Detention Center.