Six picked up for sale of cocaine

Published 12:04 pm Thursday, January 6, 2011

Six Vicksburg men were in the Issaquena County Jail this morning after a roundup of suspected cocaine operatives in the city Wednesday, police said.

“This was a successful operation because we arrested all six men safely,” Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong said, “Community involvement played an important role in these arrests.”

He said the arrests came after a six-month investigation.

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The six men, all charged with sale of cocaine, were identified as Derrick Thomas, 31, 610 Martin St.; Antonio Thomas, 27, 902 Blossom Lane; Caris London, 28, 1614 First East St.; Keith Wilson, 28, 124 Lovers Lane; Frederick Hill, 28, 1720 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; and Vance Gray, 28, 902 Cairo Drive, were arrested across the city throughout the day.

Wilson and Antonio Thomas were arrested at their homes around 10 a.m.; Derrick Thomas was arrested at Third North and First East streets around 10 a.m.; London was arrested at 1900 Baldwin Ferry Road just after 9 a.m.; Hill was arrested at 1009 First North St. around 1 p.m.; and Gray was arrested at 1950 Hope St. just after 9 a.m.

During the arrests, police found about $600 in crack cocaine, two handguns and $750.

Antonio Thomas, London and Gray were being held pending an initial court hearing.

The other three were already out on previous charges and were being held without bond.

• Derrick Thomas is being held for the Mississippi Department of Corrections because he was on probation for a conviction in a 1999 armed robbery.

• Hill has a hold from MDOC for a conviction for auto burglary in March.

• Wilson had been indicted by a Warren County grand jury in July for the sale of cocaine and was out on a $10,000 bond while awaiting trial.