A dozen people, allegedly some of the county’s worst illegal drug offenders and dealers were arrested this past week as drug enforcement officers swept through the county. Those arrested included Larry L. Trydle, 31, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). He was given a $1,500.00 commercial bond. Brian L. Steen, 44, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). He was given a $3,759.00 cash bond. Samuel M. Easterling, 44, Possession of a Controlled Substance (MethOperation “Hot Rail” puts 12 behind bars amphetamine). He was given a $1,500.00 commercial bond. Richard A. Strickland, 39, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). He was given a $2,500.00 commercial bond. He was also served with a Justice Court Bench Warrant and was given a $1,500.00 commercial bond on that charge. Bobby W. Shepheard, 44, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). He was given a $1,000.00 commercial bond. He was also charged with Possession of a Weapon by Convicted Felon and given a $1,000.00 commercial bond on that charge. John L. Lawrence, 38, Transfer of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). He was given a $5,000.00 commercial bond. Eddie R. Moffett, 60, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) while in Possession of a Weapon. He was given a $2,500.00 commercial bond. Brandon R. Konecny, 34, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). He was given a $1,000.00 commercial bond. Katie L. Hennis, 32, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). She was given a $1,000.00 commercial bond. Leeroy B. Mace, 60, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). He was given a $1,000.00 commercial bond. Danny M. Byron, 52, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin). He was given a $1,500.00 commercial bond. Michael A. Elkins, 43, Transfer of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). He was given a $5,000.00 commercial bond. Sheriff Keith Havard said raids such as this one are effective in that they slow down the flow of illegal drugs in the county for a while. This was the first such raid since the COVID-19 pandemic began nearly two years ago. Havard said drug enforcement raids may take months of planning as officers work to prepare cases against the offenders. The raids are often prompted as calls for service, (such as burglaries and reports of drug activity) increase. Individuals targeted in the raids are often repeat offenders or people generating numerous complaints from neighbors. One of the biggest problems in law enforcement today is the “watering down of our laws and penalties” according to the Sheriff. “These people know there are no consequences for their actions. The State of Mississippi doesn’t want to incarcerate people anymore.” Most of the 12 people arrested in this raid are repeat offenders and multiple repeat offenders. Havard said at best, some of them may be given ankle bracelets and sent back home. Few, if any, will serve any prison time. Operation Hot Rail was a joint effort involving officers from the George County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO), along with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN), the Lucedale Police Department (LPD), and the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC). This is an ongoing effort between multiple agencies, and more arrests may be forthcoming, Havard said. Anyone with information concerning drug activity or any other crime is encouraged to contact the George County Sheriff’s Office at 601-947-4811

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.