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Hattiesburg Police and DEA Conduct Drug Roundup

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The Hattiesburg Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration conduct a city-wide drug roundup on Wednesday.

At last check police have arrested about 15 suspects for various drug charges including possession and selling.

The roundup started around eight o'clock Wednesday morning. Police had arrest warrants for almost twenty suspects.

Traxler says HPD and the DEA will continue their investigations to help cleanup the streets of Hattiesburg.

 

"[There are] no drugs in that car, man, I just got that car," professes Elvin Banks. He thought it was a routine traffic stop when he was pulled over on Alcorn Road.

 

  When police searched the car that bank's claims isn't his... they found about thirty grams of crack cocaine found in his shoe.  "I'm an innocent bystander you feel me," says Banks.

 

When asked if they drugs belong to him Banks said, "I don't know whose they ware, I've been in the car 20 to 30 minutes just to get me some clothes."

 

Banks admitted to police that he's been on parole for almost a year for a possession charge; the same reason he's headed back to jail today. "Man, call my mama," shouts Banks.

 

The next suspect on the list was Edsel Armstrong. Police had a warrant for his arrest for selling a controlled substance.  He was picked up where he works.

 

Authorities also arrested Robert O'neal at a house on Mamie Street for possession of marijuana.

 

The last stop authorities made was for Jeremy Carney.

 

"I didn't know what was going on but I know I don't have [any] drugs. I don't sell, I don't do drugs," claims Carney.

 

Police found Carney hiding in the closet in his Holly Court Apartment. "They got the wrong house, the wrong person," says Carney.

 

According to Lieutenant Traxler, authorities are still looking for Charles Amerson, William Robinson III and Jason Dontrell Brown.

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