Two Lee County women were arrested Sunday, July 26 and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell.

Rita J. Buckingham, of Shannon, and Lori June Schmidt, of Nettleton, were picked up by Itawamba County deputies in Tremont, for stealing a car and smuggling narcotics into the neighboring county.

Rita J. Buckingham and Lori June Schmidt

Rita J. Buckingham and Lori June Schmidt

The vehicle had been stolen from Pontotoc County.

The suspects were stopped on Hwy. 178 when a check on their license plate revealed it belonged on another vehicle. A search by narcotics investigators and deputies uncovered two ounces of methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine (also called meth, crystal, chalk, and ice, among other terms) is an extremely addictive stimulant drug that is chemically similar to amphetamine. It takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder.

It is taken orally, smoked, snorted, or dissolved in water or alcohol and injected. Smoking or injecting the drug delivers it very quickly to the brain, where it produces an immediate, intense euphoria.

Both suspects were brought before Itawamba Justice Court Judge Barry Davis. Buckingham, 42, and Schmidt, 44, had their bonds set at $10,000 each. They were then transported to Pontotoc County to face charges for the stolen vehicle.

Any additional information related to this case should be called in to (662) 862-3401.

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