Covington County drug raid nets 23

Covington County drug raid nets 23
Covington County authorities arrested 23 people in a drug raid over the weekend.

COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Friday night under the cover of darkness, the Covington County Sheriff's Department made its way through the woods to surround its target.

The target is part of a seven-month long investigation known as "The Block-House" off Cooley Springs-Coulter Road near Mount Olive.

As officers made their way through the woods, people at the house scanned the wood line with flashlights and fired shots.

Officers hit the ground to take cover, but never revealed their location.

Moments later, a car horn honked twice, and out of the woods emerged officers with guns drawn swarming "The Block-House" and shutting down one of the county's biggest alleged crystal meth distribution sites.

"Crystal meth, the use and the sell and distribution feeds all the major crimes in our area, especially residential and commercial burglary," Covington County Under Sheriff Terry Holbrook said.

In total, 23 people were arrested with their charges varying from misdemeanors to felonies.

"Crystal meth is the problem in this county, it is something we as law enforcement try to get a handle on and stay ahead of," Covington County Sheriff Stann Smith said.

Officers recovered guns, drug paraphernalia and crystal meth in the building as well as on people and in their cars.

" Twenty-three of them in one house and all using drugs…we're not  going to allow that to happen, if you want to go to some other county go to some other county, but we're not going to tolerate here in Covington County, we are going to do everything in our power to stop it," Smith said.

Below is a list of the 23 arrests and their charges range from misdemeanors to felonies:

Rebecca Bato

Calvin Easterling

Hanna Shelnutt

Daniel Carr

Amber Leigh Busby

Whitney Staley

Derrick McNair

Tyler Davis

Randrial Green

Samuel Carney

Olanda Brown

Shawn McCullough

Jr Mcgowa

Torrin Saucier

Montrail Craft

Billy Guest

Cornelius Walker

Joseph Harrell

Wanda Renea Yellverton

Krista Baughman

Ashley Basham

Bridgett Kelly

Crystal Johnson