After a week of multiple drug arrests, Lamar County investigators have nine people behind bars.
“(The) majority of them are meth related," Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said. "We did have one prescription drug, but that’s what we are seeing the most of is meth charges and we are also seeing prescription drugs."
Donald King Sr., Michael Long, Jared Dobson, Anna Maria Kerley, Jessica Riggs, Kimberly Adcock and Bruce Foster, Nancy Swan Rayburn and Gregory Revett are all facing felony charges.
“This is just what we do, our narcotics officers do on a daily and weekly basis,” Rigel said. “A lot of times the smaller people lead to bigger things, so you’ve got to get the individuals to get to the organizations or the larger distributors.”
There is one area that seems to be growing as a problem, according to Rigel.
“Prescription medication is running rampant, that’s just not inherent to Lamar County, I think you can check with any county, or any drug official and they’ll tell you that’s the biggest problem,” he said.
Rigel said the war on drugs is a day-to-day battle.
“The drug problem is a huge problem, well over 80 percent of the crimes that are committed are because of some type of drug addiction or alcohol addiction, they have to fuel their addiction,” Rigel said.
Some of the investigations and cases take longer than others, but all are a top priority.
“That’s why we really work hard because it effects the community in so many ways, most of the assaults, domestic violence, or either alcohol or drug related, so that’s why we make drug interdiction and investigation and arrests of drug violations first priority,” Rigel said.
Community outreach is a huge part of what officers depend on to be able to do their jobs.
“We can’t see everything there is to see, we need the eyes and the ears of the community in which we serve to help us,” Rigel said.
Suspects and charges:
Donald King Sr., 63, of Sumrall is charged with one count of possession of weapon by convicted felon and no bond.
Michael Long, 48, of Purvis is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Bond set at $65,000.
Jared Dobson, 24, of Purvis is charged with possession of controlled substance, no bond.
Anna Maria Kerley, 45, of Sumrall is charged with sale and possession of a controlled substance, bond set at $50,000.
Jessica Dawn Riggs, 34, of Hattiesburg is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and no bond.
Kimberly Alisha Adcock, 39, of Purvis is charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, and one count of sale of a controlled substance, and bond set at $100,000.
Bruce Foster, 42, of Purvis is charged with one count of sale of controlled substance, bond set at $20,000.
Nancy Swan Rayburn, 50, of Purvis, charged with possession with intent to distribute, bond set at $50,000.
Gregory Revett, 58, of Purvis, charged with possession of a controlled substance, no bond.