WAKE UP CALL: Police make drug arrests in early morning round up

Published 11:18 am Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Vicksburg police arrested nine people today in an early morning operation aimed at rounding up those with outstanding felony drug warrants.

Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong said “Operation Spring Forward” was a joint operation between his department and the U.S. Marshal Service, Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Charges of individuals range from sale of cocaine, crystal meth, marijuana, prescription forgery/fraud and possession of a controlled substance.

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“This drug enforcement is an ongoing battle and tough fight,” Armstrong said. Selling drugs for some “has become a way of life for those who do not have a job and this way they can make money, but we will stay active to enforce the drug laws with the help of our good team.”

Arrested this morning were:

• Larry Turner, 55, for sale of cocaine.

• Justin Chance Harris, 25, sale of crystal meth.

• John Travis Ross, 29, sale of crystal meth.

• Scotty Ray Weeks, 42, sale of crystal meth.

• Damion Lamone Carrol, 21, sale of marijuana.

• Benjamin Matthew Hugley, 33, sale of crystal meth, two counts.

• Laura Leigh Dormon, 29, possession of hydrocodone.

• Claude Quitman Ezell, 30, sale of meth.

• Jennifer Shay Scarber, 42, prescription forgery/fraud, five counts.

• Aimee Laine Barnett, 37, sale of crystal meth.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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