17 arrested in Jones County over three day period

17 arrested in Jones County over three day period

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -  This is a press release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department:

The Jones County Sheriff's Department Deputies, Narcotics Officers and Investigators have been busy clearing up the drugs from Jones County and in the process solved an almost two week old burglary. The following is recap of the drug arrests and the specific drug arrest related to the solving of the burglary:

At a driver's license checkpoint on January 24, 2015, deputies noticed a gun case on the backseat of Bobby Sims' vehicle. When questioned, Sims, 37, admitted he was a convicted felon. He also admitted to having in his possession methamphetamine. Sims was taken into custody and charged with Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon.

A routine traffic stop on January 25, 2015 turned into arrests for Shannon Graham, 28 and James Graham, 30. Shannon was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and James was arrested and charged with Possession of Paraphernalia (misdemeanor).

On January 25, 2015 Patrol Deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of Dollar General on Highway 15 South. A man appeared to be passed out inside the vehicle. Deputies tried to wake up the man and get him to step out of the vehicle. As he was stepping out a bag of methamphetamine fell from his pocket to the ground. The man was identified as Richard Hodge, 35, was arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Substance While in Possession of a Firearm.

Also on January 25, 2015, Jerry "Taz" McLain, 31, and Christian Shope, 21, were driving in the Pendorff Community when they were pulled over for a routine traffic stop. After a brief pursuit, McLain and Shope ran off the road hitting a mailbox and stopping in a ditch. They both took off on foot, running into a nearby residence. When deputies went to the residence where they believed the men had entered, the two women who lived at the location, Amber Mozingo, 22, and Jamie Fortes, 36, told deputies the men were not there. It was then one of the deputies noticed movement and recognized McLain attempting to hide in a closet. Both men were arrested and it was at that time deputies discovered approximately 10 grams of methamphetamine on McLain.

McLain was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Felony Fleeing in Motor Vehicle, No License Tag, Resisting Arrest, No Insurance, No Driver's License and Disobeying Traffic Control Device. Shope was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. Both females were arrested and charged with Interference with Police.

The following day, January 26, 2015, Investigators received information that identified several suspects from a burglary that occurred on January 15, 2015 in South Jones County. The theft included a safe, significant sum of cash, firearms and jewelry. Jerry "Taz" McLain was among those suspected.

Further investigation lead to several search warrants being executed in several different areas of the county. These searches identified many people with drug and theft activities in unrelated cases to the safe burglary:

· Michael Bolton, 30, and Sartara Bolton, 29, were questioned and charged with Receiving Stolen Property

· Johsua Holloway, 32, was questioned and charged with Possession of Controlled Substance

· Matthew Butts, 30, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from MDOC and charged with Conspiracy to Possess a Weapon by a Convicted Felon

At one of the search warrant locations, at the intersection of Highway 184 East and Spring Road, Jones County Sheriff's Department recovered numerous stolen firearms, several types of illegal drugs individually packaged to be sold, as well as stolen jewelry and documents related to the large safe burglary on January 15, 2015.

Two females were taken into custody at this residence. Jennifer Skipper, 36, was questioned and charged with Burglary, Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute While In Possession of a Firearm. Brittany Holifield, 25, was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute While In Possession of a Firearm.

At another location Investigators recovered several stolen firearms that were associated with the safe burglary and arrested Endia Gibson, 26, and charged her with Possession of Controlled Substance While in Possession of a Firearm.

Investigators currently have an arrest warrant for Christopher Joe Dennis for burglary. Dennis has a history of theft related charges and could be in Jones, Smith or possibly Lawrence County.

Dennis is believed to be a ranking member of the criminal street gang known as the "Simon City Royals". He is considered armed and dangerous. Jerry "Taz" McLain is also a known member of the "Simon City Royals".

Investigators are also looking for additional members of the gang for questioning but are not releasing names.

Additional charges against those involved with the safe burglary group are anticipated.

Investigators were able to recover the safe. It had been damaged and thrown into a nearby creek. Also recovered were guns, ammunition, jewelry, knives and several vehicles related to the on going investigation.

Unrelated to the safe burglary, two arrests were made on January 26, 2015 when Jason (Kyle) Bustin, 29, and James (Roland) Ezell, 22, were both charged with Possession of Heroin and Probation Violation. Jones County Deputies were dispatched to the Soso address for a medical call when it was soon realized both men had possibly overdosed. Ezell regained consciousness before the ambulance arrived while Bustin was transported to South Central Regional Medical Center where he was revived, treated and released into the custody of the Jones County Sheriff's Department.