Hattiesburg police seize over 600 pounds of marijuana during traffic stop

Natascia Buchanan and Deano Simpson
Natascia Buchanan and Deano Simpson

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg police seized over 600 pounds of drugs after a traffic stop over the weekend.

Sunday around 1 a.m., an officer with the Hattiesburg Interdiction Team stopped a motor home for a traffic offense on Interstate 59 near the 63 mile marker.

When the officer spoke with the driver, the officer became suspicious the driver could be transporting narcotics. The officer used his police service dog to search the vehicle. The dog indicated there were drugs in the vehicle by the bed.

The officer located approximately 626 lbs of marijuana inside the bed frame. The officer also seized over $900.

The driver, Deano Simpson, and the passenger, Natascia Buchanan, were charged with possession of marijuana over a kilo with the intent to distribute and they were taken to the Forrest County Jail.

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