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Jones County Drug Bust: 16 lbs. Of Pot Confiscated

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JONES COUNTY, Miss. - A Jones County man is behind bars after 16 lbs. of marijuana is found in his home.

Melvin Graves was arrested at his home Wednesday.

"He's being charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,500 ft. of a church," says Jones County Narcotics Investigator Jared Lindsey.

He says Houston Road Baptist Church is right across the street from Graves' residence.

"Mr. Graves is also charged with child endangerment," he said.

Three small children were found in the house.  Lindsey says this is the largest drug bust the department has made all year.

"It's approximately $15,000 to $20,000 in marijuana."

Authorities also recovered about $1,300 in cash. Each bag contained about a pound of marijuana.

"He would be selling to the people who sell it in small portions," Lindsey said.

He said the drugs were all imported.

The investigation is ongoing. Authorities say more arrests are coming.

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