11 arrested in drug roundup
Published 11:35 am Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Vicksburg police nabbed 10 people accused of dealing drugs and a woman accused of cocaine possession in a drug raid that was the culmination of a months long investigation.
Two men accused of selling methamphetamine were arrested Tuesday, and eight were taken into custody in a raid that began at 4 a.m. today that was the conclusion of a four-month investigation, Chief Walter Armstrong said.
“This is a response to citizens’ complaints about drugs sales in our community,” Armstrong said. “When the community gets involved about illegal activities, it helps us to be able to make a difference.”
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Those accused range in age from their early 20s to their late 50s and were selling prescription drugs, powder cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana, Armstrong said.
Arrested during the drug raid were:
• Herman Barnes, 52, 4407 I-20 Frontage Road, Lot 35 — sale of methamphetamine.
• Shawn Coffie, 24, 1538 Skyfarm Ave. — sale of marijuana.
• Christopher Galloway, 40, 402 Locust St., Apt. 404 — sale of cocaine.
• Latosha Galloway, 35, 402 Locust St., Apt. 404 — possession of cocaine.
• Mike Malone, no age available, 727 Adams St. Apt. 9 — sale of cocaine.
• Jimmy McCool, 57, 2649 Oak Ridge Road — sale of methamphetamine.
• Doff Nicholson, 55, 103 Athens Ave. — sale of hydrocodone.
• Carol Stowers, 53, 103 Athens Ave. — sale of hydrocodone; child endangerment.
• Mary Turner, 58, 1408 Main St. — sale of cocaine.
• Umeka Williams, 32, 1103 Jefferson St. Apt. 301 — sale of cocaine.
• Victoria Wheeler, 27, 1950 Hope St. Apt. 1B — sale of cocaine.
Barnes and McCool were arrested Tuesday, Armstrong said.
Stowers’ was charged with child endangerment because there were children present at her home when she was illegally selling prescription medication, Armstrong said.
Latosha Galloway, was not slated to be part of the roundup, Armstrong said, but when police raided the apartment on Locust Street they found cocaine. Cash believed to be the profits of drug transactions was also found at the home, he said.
Taking drugs and drug dealers off the street is an important part of reducing crime, Armstrong said.
“We believe that drugs sales and drug usage leads to other crimes such as burglaries and violent crimes. People will steal to support their habit,” he said.
All 11 suspects were held at police headquarters this morning awaiting their initial appearances in Vicksburg Municipal Court.
Additional arrests are expected as part of the investigation, Armstrong said.