VHA worker fired after drug arrest

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - A Vicksburg Housing Authority employee

has been fired following his arrest for allegedly possessing 2.2

pounds of cocaine delivered through the mail to the VHA

administrative office.

Vicksburg Housing Authority Director Jim Stirgus Sr. announced

the firing of 45-year-old VHA Maintenance Supervisor Charles Jones

Jr. on Saturday, saying he was shocked when he heard the longtime

supervisor for the agency had been charged a day earlier with

cocaine distribution.

Jones was arrested a short distance from the office after

allegedly picking up the package and remains in the Warren County

Jail without bond. Jones had worked for VHA since 1983 and had been

in charge of maintenance, purchasing and receiving since 1991.


Information from: The Vicksburg Post,


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