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Hotel drug bust yields $10K in hydro pot

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Sheriff Mayfield says the drugs have a street value of approximately $10,000. They also seized $7000 in cash believed to be drug money. (Source: ACSO) Sheriff Mayfield says the drugs have a street value of approximately $10,000. They also seized $7000 in cash believed to be drug money. (Source: ACSO)
Stephanie Anderson, 30, was arrested for possession with intent to distribute. (Source: ACSO) Stephanie Anderson, 30, was arrested for possession with intent to distribute. (Source: ACSO)
Marcus Leon Crockett, 37, was arrested for possession with intent to distribute. (Source: ACSO) Marcus Leon Crockett, 37, was arrested for possession with intent to distribute. (Source: ACSO)
ADAMS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

During a "knock and talk" operation at an Adams County hotel, deputies and narcotics agents discovered approximately $10,000 in drugs, along with cash, and arrested two suspects.

Under the direction of Sheriff Chuck Mayfield, Metro Narcotics Agents and Adams County Deputies uncovered a major drug operation April 3. After an extensive investigation, officers performed a "knock and talk" to gain access to the suspects' hotel room around 11 a.m.

Upon entering, the agents saw and smelled marijuana and a search yielded two pounds of high grade hydroponic marijuana. The ACSO reports the drug was stored loosely as buds as well as in vacuumed packages for shipping.

Sheriff Mayfield says the drugs have a street value of approximately $10,000. They also seized $7000 in cash believed to be drug money.

Stephanie Anderson, 30, and 37-year-old Marcus Leon Crockett were arrested for possession with intent to distribute. Both offenders are from California.

"This is a pretty sophisticated operation," said Metro Narcotics Unit Lt. George Pirkey. "These people fly here from California, rent a car, and move from hotel to hotel with the purpose of networking in this area to develop distribution. They fund their travel expenses with drug sales and send money back to California."

Due to the difficulty in getting to the source of these types of operations, Sheriff Mayfield considers the arrests a win in his team's war on drugs.

"We consider this a disruption of the source," he said, "disruption of drugs coming into our county is a major priority for Metro Narcotics. It's like cutting the head off of a snake. Obviously, this won't stop all drugs from coming into our county but it does disrupt it."

Both offenders, along with other local players--some in surrounding areas and in California--are still under investigation, according to Sheriff Mayfield.

Anderson and Crockett are being held in the county jail without bond until arraignment. All cash seized is used to fund the Metro Narcotics Unit.

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