Charges upgraded for 3 arrested in Jones Co. drug bust

Charges upgraded for 3 arrested in Jones Co. drug bust

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The three men arrested in a Jones County drug bust during a traffic stop have had their charges upgraded, according to the Jones County Sheriff's Department.

David Laphand, 33 of Quitman, Anthony Johnson, 19 of Stonewall and Bobby Stokes, 38 of Stonewall were pulled over by JCSD's Crime Suppression unit on I-59 Wednesday.

All three made their initial appearances in Jones County Justice Court Friday morning.

Laphand, Johnson and Stokes were originally charged with three counts each of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver with a firearm. Laphand is also charged with possession of a stolen firearm, and Johnson is charged with introduction of contraband into a Corrections Facility, according to JCSD.

The upgraded charges for all three men include a charge each of aggravated trafficking of a controlled substance with a firearm. Laphand received an additional charge of trafficking of a controlled substance with a firearm.

Judge Billie Graham set Laphand's bond at $60,000 ($15,000 per count) and Johnson's bond was set at $30,000 ($10,000 per count). Stokes' bond was set at $30,000 ($10,000 for possession and $30,000 for aggravated trafficking.

If the men are convicted of aggravated trafficking, the maximum sentence is life without parole, according to the JCSD.

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When deputies conducted the traffic stop Wednesday, they found a weapon in Laphand's back pocket and a bag of what is believed to be 125 ecstasy tablets in his front pocket, according to a JCSD press release.

After a K-9 was alerted to the vehicle, deputies found one pound of marijuana and 1.7 grams of what is believed to be cocaine. According to authorities, the total street value of the narcotics is about $20,500.

Deputies found one additional weapon in the car, and determined that the weapon found on Laphand was stolen from Clarke County. According to the press release, the three men were arrested and taken to the Jones County Adult Detention Center.