Man arrested for possession in middle school parking lot

Mathew Everett (Photo source: Ocean Springs Police Dept.)
Mathew Everett (Photo source: Ocean Springs Police Dept.)

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - A man wanted for felony shoplifting now faces new charges after he was spotted near Ocean Springs Middle School Friday afternoon.

Mathew Everett, 25, of Vancleave, caught the attention of a school security officer when he was walking across the school parking lot. The officer knew Everett was wanted for felony shoplifting, so he arrested him.

When Ocean Springs Police officers got to the school, they said they found drug paraphernalia and Oxycotin on their suspect.

The Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County has since taken over the investigation, charging Everett with one count of possession of a controlled substance within 1500 feet of school property. He's being held at the Ocean Springs Municipal Jail on the felony shoplifting charge.

The felony shoplifting charge was a result of a incident that took place on August 30, 2010 at the Ace Hardware in Ocean Springs.

Investigators said Everett was never a threat to students or staff during his arrest, and that school officials took appropriate steps to ensure the safety of students and staff during the incident.

Bond has not been set. Police said Everett will have a initial appearance in the coming days.

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