Covington County drug raid nets drugs, weapons and cash, two arrested

COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Two Covington County men are behind bars after deputies from the sheriff's department served two drug search warrants last Friday night.

Eric Gooden, of the Lilly Valley community and Tim Barnes of the Hopewell community were arrested and taken into custody. Gooden is facing charges of possession of cocaine, meth and marijuana with intent to distribute. All three charges are enhanced by a firearm in the possession of a felon. Barnes is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bonds for both were set at $150,000.

A large quantity of drugs, weapons, and thousands of dollars in cash were seized from the two locations. The arrests are the result of a month long investigation stemming from tips received from the public.

Over the weekend the Covington County Sheriff's Department made a total of nine drug related arrests.

"We don't play with drugs. We're going to go where we have to go to do what we have to stop as much of it as we can," said Sheriff Stan Smith. "We're hoping this sends a message to the community that we're not going to put up with it and we're going to do everything in our power to stop it."

In an unrelated incident, another Covington County man was arrested over the weekend. Frank Mathis is charged with sexual battery of a juvenile. Justice Court Judge Bobby Wayne Mooney set Mathis's bond at $250,000.

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