Laurel narcotics agents rounded up six Jones County residents in two drug raids late Thursday. Agents seized 90 grams of marijuana, packaging material for the marijuana, and three handguns from a residence on Carter Avenue. Undercover narcotics officers also raided a motel room and seized five grams of crack cocaine and a handgun. Melinda and Ronald Chapman were charged with possession of a controlled substance in the bust. Ricky Phillips was charged with one count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and two counts of sale of marijuana. Maehelen House was charged with one count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Two people face cocaine charges, Nicodemus Keys and Gary McGillberry. According to Sgt. Layne Bounds of the Laurel Police Narcotics Division, "We try to keep them on their toes a little bit here. We got them out there thinking we're we at; What are we doing'? They can't figure out how we're coming; and, that's the way we want to keep it. We want them to know that we're here. We want them to know that we're coming. We want them to be afraid. We want them to be scared that the next time they sell that rock it might be us. And, that's what we want them to think about."
Narcotics officers stepped up their fight against drugs last fall with the largest marijuana seizure in the Laurel's history.