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More than 20 arrested in Hancock County drug roundup

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HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Hancock County Drug Agents set out Wednesday to arrest 29 drug suspects in Operation May Day. It has become a scene played out in communities across the coast: undercover operations identify the suspected dealers and an early morning raid rounds them up.

"It's going to be ongoing in Hancock County just like it is everywhere, but we are going to do our part to make our county better," Sheriff Rick Adam said.

What may seem unusual to some is that a handful of those taken to jail are still in high school, but law enforcers are not too surprised.

Director of Narcotics Jeremy Skinner said, "Young kids are definitely affected, are definitely using it, are definitely trafficking narcotics in Hancock County. That is something we are looking to address."

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 60 percent of teens said drugs were sold, used or kept at their school. Pills and pot are the two drugs Hancock County officials say are the most commonly used by teens and the drugs that landed many of these suspects in handcuffs.

Adam said it is important to attack the drug problem in schools and also get help for those arrested.

"The sooner you catch it, the better results you get," Adam said. "It's not about locking these people up. It's about now we have identified a problem and hopefully we can get them to drug court. And at drug court, they can at least admit they have a problem, get them help, get them back to being productive citizens."

But deputies cannot do it alone. The sheriff advises parents to talk to their children drugs and he encourages students to speak up if they know someone who is involved in drugs.

"Tell your teacher, tell your counselor, tell your parents. And if you can't tell anybody, pick up the phone and call me personally," Adam said.

View a gallery of the mugshots showing those arrested in the May Day roundup: http://diamondhead-kiln.wlox.com/photo-gallery/crime/70233-slideshow-operation-may-day-arrests

Those in custody include:

Kelly White (22 w/m Waveland), 2 counts sale of controlled substance
Juvenile, 2 counts sale of controlled substance
Juvenile, 2 counts sale of controlled substance
Juvenile, 2 counts sale of controlled substance
Jade Alvarado (18 w/f Diamondhead), Possession with Intent to Distribute
Christopher Haggerty (21 w/m Diamondhead), Possession with Intent to Distribute
Byron Kinsy (38 w/m Kiln), 2 counts sale of controlled substance
Gary Wayne Necaise (47 w/m Bay St. Louis), sale of a controlled substance
Carleen Meza (53 w/f Bay St. Louis), 2 counts sale of controlled substance
Norma Parks (49 w/f Bay St. Louis), 2 counts sale of controlled substance
Christopher Fitch (52 w/m Bayside Community), Sale of a controlled substance
Marquis Washington (20 b/m Bayside Community), 3 counts sale of controlled substance
Warren Dubose (29 w/m Bayside Community), 2 counts sale of controlled substance, 1 count transfer of a controlled substance
Andrew Viescas (24 w/m Waveland), Sale of a controlled subbstance
Seth Odham (23 w/m Waveland), Sale of a controlled substance
Richard Benton (36 b/m Kiln), embezzlement
Gregory Butter (30 w/m Waveland), sale of a controlled substance
Jeffrey Drawdy (44 w/m Waveland), sale of a controlled substance & embezzlement
Lisa Tumlin (52 w/f Bay St. Louis), 2 counts sale of controlled substance
James Dahl (51 w/m Clermont Community), 2 counts sale of controlled substance
John Andrews (32 w/m Waveland), sale of a controlled substance
Naurice Summers (46 w/m Kiln), 2 counts sale of controlled substance

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