MBN dismantles north Mississippi drug network

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A large-scale cocaine distribution organization in northeast Mississippi has been dismantled.

Five people have been arrested and more arrests are expected.

WLBT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1feNDEI ) law enforcement officers served nine search warrants Feb. 1, leading to the arrests in connection with a continuing investigation code-named “Operation Queen Bee.”

Facing various drug counts are: Sherita Garth and Debra Walker, both of Starkville; Calvin Baskin and Dashiki Townsend, both of West Point and Timothy Gilliam of Ecru.

Agents seized about 23 ounces of cocaine with an estimated street value of $66,000 in the course of the investigation. Agents also discovered the organization had supplied more than $1 million worth of cocaine.

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and multiple federal and state law enforcement agencies participated in the operation.

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Information from: WLBT-TV, http://www.wlbt.com

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