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Lamar Co. Meth Bust

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What started as a routine traffic stop leads to a huge drug bust in Lamar County.  A K9 unit helped deputies take thousands of dollars worth of drugs off the streets.

A sheriff's deputy stopped a car on I-59 for careless driving and an expired license plate but discovered much more inside.  A K9 alerted that there was narcotics in the vehicle, authorities said.

Sheriff Danny Rigel noted this goes to show the value of K9s in law enforcement.

"It saved a lot of search time," Rigel said.  "Their noses are so much more sensitive than humans and that's why we utilize our K9s."

Police found about seven ounces of methamphetamine, which has a street value of about $12,000.

"It may not be coming to Purvis or Lumberton or Hattiesburg," Rigel said. "It's going somewhere else, but it's eventually going to drift back into our communities."

Police also found an SKS assault riffle that had been stolen from Chicago, IL.  Rigel described it is not a typical hunting rifle.

"This had a collapsible stock on it and 30 round magazine," Rigel said. "It had a bayonet on it."

Three suspects from Alabama were arrested. Joseph Brown, 37, Mary Causey, 33, and Dakota Graham, 27, are charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute while in possession of a fire arm and possession of a stolen fire arm.  Brown is also charged with possession of a fire arm by a convicted felon, and he had a warrant for his arrest from Meridian.

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