Alleged meth dealer busted in Jones County

Alleged meth dealer busted in Jones County

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

The Jones County Sheriff's Department's Narcotics Division had received a great deal of information on a local methamphetamine dealer.  On Thursday, August 20, 2015, a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle with an expired tag belonging to Jonathan Holifield, 27 of Laurel, the known methamphetamine dealer.  In the vehicle with him was Felecia Carter, 46 of Ellisville.  While deputies had Holifield's vehicle pulled over, another vehicle pulled near by and the driver began shouting at Holifield.  When deputies walked over to find out what the commotion was about, they saw John Nix, 25 of Soso, begin stomping what was determined to be methamphetamine in the ground.  Evidence was found during the stop to validate a search warrant on Holifield's residence on the 100 block of Holly Road.

Because of Holifield's many past violent charges, it was deemed necessary to call for the Jones County Sheriff's S.W.A.T.  to initiate the warrant, as well as utilizing the department's armored vehicle.  Immediately upon entering the residence the team encountered James Barlow, 29 of Soso, in a back bedroom, using a pipe containing an illegal substance with a sawed off shotgun beside him.  Also on the property was Melissa Ford, 26 of Laurel, who had tried leaving earlier after making a purchase of meth, but her vehicle wouldn't crank.  During the search of the residence 6 guns were found throughout the home, as well as marijuana plants.

All of those involved, including those involved with the traffic stop, were taken into custody and transported to the Jones County Adult Detention Center.  Holifield was charged with Possession of Methamphetamines, Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Manufacturing of Marijuana, and Possession of a Weapon by a Felon (times 4); Carter was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine;  Nix was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine While in Possession of a Firearm and two misdemeanor drug charges;  Barlow was charged with Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance and Ford was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.

Judge David Lyons at Jones County Justice Court set the bonds for Carter and Ford for $10,000 each.  Nix and Barlow's bonds were set for $20,000 each. Holifield's bond is $85,000.  Holifield was out on a felony bond at the time of his arrest, his current bond is revoked.