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25 suspected drug dealers arrested in Hancock County

In Hancock County, most of the wanted suspects were from Bay St. Louis. By 9am, 21 had been picked up, and others had already agreed to turn themselves in to authorities. In Hancock County, most of the wanted suspects were from Bay St. Louis. By 9am, 21 had been picked up, and others had already agreed to turn themselves in to authorities.
Fifty-one guns were seized in Wednesday morning's drug sweep. Fifty-one guns were seized in Wednesday morning's drug sweep.
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Hancock County officials spent Wednesday working to get drug dealers off the streets. Twenty sfive suspected drug dealers were arrested; most are charged with selling drugs, but some are facing other charges including manufacturing and armed robbery that took place during a drug deal.

Officials say many have been in trouble with the law before and several were related.

"We arrested a mother and her son and are looking for another son. We also arrested another mother and son duo," Hancock County Narcotics Task Force Director Jeremy Skinner said.

Officers had warrants for 35 people on more than 50 charges, most of which were for the sale of drugs.

"We use undercover and confidential informants to buy crack cocaine, prescription pills and marijuana from the subjects," Skinner said.

Officials also seized 51 guns from the suspects as well as two vehicles. The overwhelming majority of the suspects were from Bay St. Louis.

Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike Denardo said, "We received a lot of complaints from local councilmen and citizens, we talked to the sheriff a while back and we have taken our narcotics division and made one task force out of it."

Just last week the departments seized more than 27,000 packets of synthetic drugs. One of the arrests made Wednesday was a man officers believe made some of the spice they confiscated.

Denardo said, "We are making some dents and we are continuing on."

Sheriff Ricky Adam says the message is loud and clear, "If you are going to deal dope in Hancock County we are working together and just put your running shoes on, we are coming."

Skinner said, "It's nice last week and this week for two large busts to come out for the public to see what we actually do and that we are working, and we do take their complaints seriously.

One of those arrested is a City of Waveland employee. Brandon Farve is a utility worker and has been suspended indefinitely without pay according to the public works director Brent Anderson. Anderson said he took Farve to the sheriff's department to turn himself in.

Ten people remain at large. Late Wednesday, the Hancock County Sheriff's Office released the following list of those arrested so far:

  • Thomas Williams, 29, sale of controlled substance
  • Willie Whavers, 30, sale of controlled substance
  • Perry Whavers, 54, sale of controlled substance x 2
  • Carolyn Daniels, 66, sale of controlled substance
  • Theresia Walley, 27, sale of controlled substance
  • Alex Robinson, 36, sale of controlled substance
  • Brenda Saucier, 50, sale of controlled substance x 2
  • Holly Mackbee, 25, possession of controlled substance
  • Bryan Malone, 53, sale of controlled substance x 2
  • Charles Nichols, 26, sale of controlled substance x 2
  • Dale Miller, 44, sale of controlled substance
  • Freddie Saucier, 51, sale of controlled substance
  • Robert Smithe, 45, sale of controlled substance x 4
  • Pauline Dougherty, 38, acquisition of a controlled substance by fraud
  • Michael Henry, 45, sale of controlled substance
  • Jaiye Daniels, 36, sale of controlled substance
  • Kevin Bourgeois, 28, sale of controlled substance x 2
  • Ronald Reed, 48, sale of controlled substance x 3
  • Rodney Bradley, 29, sale of controlled substance x 2
  • Brandon Favre, 31, sale of controlled substance
  • Patrick Hall, 39, armed robbery, sale of controlled substance
  • Vincent Remus, 48, acquisition of a controlled substance by fraud
  • Bryant Elzy, 47, sale of controlled substance x 2
  • Eureaka Laneaux, 48, sale of controlled substance x 2
  • 1 juvenile offender who is not being named at this time

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