Wrong number leads to arrest in Jones County

Wrong number leads to arrest in Jones County

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

While on duty at a local high school football game, Jones County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Monk received a bizarre phone call from a female asking to buy marijuana.  At first he thought it was a prank call, but quickly realized she was completely serious.

Rikki Blackwell, 27 of Moselle, had dialed the wrong number when she made the attempt to purchase the marijuana.  The quick thinking deputy set up a meeting with Blackwell following the game, never revealing whom she had actually called.  Blackwell described what vehicle she'd be in.  The location was determined and the uniformed deputy and a uniformed Investigator, Sgt. Jared Lindsey, met Blackwell at a closed convenience store.  Before the meeting took place, Blackwell called Monk again and stated, "Let me know if you see any cops because my tag is expired."

When Blackwell approached the unmarked vehicle, Lindsey and Monk could immediately tell Blackwell was intoxicated.  Lindsey rolled down his window just enough to show their faces and when she got to the vehicle, he rolled down the window completely, showing them in uniform.  Blackwell stammered she was just going inside the (closed) store for a beverage, trying to avoid the inevitable.  She then admitted she was there to purchase marijuana.  When asked what she did for a living, Blackwell told them she was a counselor at a drug rehab.

Blackwell was taken into custody and charged with Conspiracy to Possess Marijuana and DUI.  She currently has a large amount of unpaid fines with the Jones County Justice Court.