4 of 6 drug suspects remain jailed; 2 out

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 2, 2010

Hours after six men were jailed in a “successful” drug roundup, another complaint of suspected drug activity was reported and the chief of police said he expects more arrests.

“It’s an ongoing battle in most neighborhoods,” Police Chief Walter Armstrong said. “We do have an ongoing investigation as it relates to drug sales.”

Armstrong said he believes Thursday’s arrests, which followed resident complaints and weeks of investigation, made a significant impact on drug activity. He said his department receives complaints regularly.

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This morning, two of the six arrested Thursday had been released on bond, and the other four remained in the Warren County Jail.

“At least two or three of those individuals will not get a bond and will remain incarcerated until they go to trial,” said Armstrong. “They will have no chance of selling drugs for quite some time.”

Jeffery Brown, 34, 2112 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd,, considered by Vicksburg police as a major supplier on MLK, was being held at the Warren County Jail today without bond, police Lt. Bobby Stewart said. He was charged with two counts of sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine and possession of Ecstasy.

He had been out on probation following a 2003 sentencing of three years in prison and three years probation for possession of cocaine, Stewart said. On Thursday, investigators recovered crack cocaine with a street value of $200 and Ecstasy valued at about $100, Stewart said. Warren County records show he had been charged with three counts of the sale of cocaine in 1999.

“We’ve had quite a problem in the MLK area,” said Stewart. “Hopefully, these arrests will curtail the problem we’ve had and stop others from stepping in their place.”

Previously out on bond for aggravated assault, Kevin Dewayne Buck, 24, 20 Water Well Road, was being held without bond on a sale of cocaine charge. He had been accused of shooting Terry Brown, 37, 609 Kings Crossing, with a shotgun on June 22 at 605 Hudson St. Buck is viewed by police as “a significant dealer in the Kings Community,” Stewart said.

Robert Jerome Hawkins, 33, 213 Demby Drive, had been a major contributor in the U.S. 61 South and Demby areas, Stewart said. He was being held without bond on a sale of cocaine charge. Before Thursday’s arrest, he had been out on two counts of sale of cocaine.

Off U.S. 61 South, Matthew Jared Duke, 26, 7944 Jeff Davis Road, who was charged with two counts of sale of a controlled substance – Xanax and Lorcet — remained in the jail on a $10,000 bond.

“Prescription drugs are very commonly overlooked as being abused,” said Stewart.

One of two suspects released on bond was John Earl Wash, 27, 1773 MLK, whom Stewart described as another player in the drug scenes in the north Vicksburg neighborhood.

Wash posted a $20,000 bond on charges of sale of cocaine and possession of a weapon by a felon. He had been sentenced in 2000 to five years for burglary and in 2006 to one year for possession of a weapon by a felon, Armstrong said.

The second man to bond out Thursday was Michael Porter, 18, 4223 N. Frontage Road, who was charged with possession of anabolic steroids.

“It’s illegal to possess them without a prescription,” said Stewart.

Porter was released on a $2,500 bond.

Contact Tish Butts at tbutts@vicksburgpost.com