HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Over the past 24 hours, the Hancock County Narcotics Division has arrested more than a dozen people for various felony drug charges. Officials said all of the suspects were arrested on felony warrants for the sale, distribution, possession or acquisition of illegal narcotics.
Authorities said the investigations focused on the sale and distribution of heroin and methamphetamine as well as "doctor shopping" for prescription drugs.
Officials describe "doctor shopping" as patients consulting with multiple physicians simultaneously in order obtain prescription drugs to support their addiction or to sell.
County narcotics agents also worked closely with corrections officers to ensure that no contraband entered the county jail. Investigators said they discovered multiple people conspiring to bring drugs into the jail. Officials said agents were able to disrupt the plan, seize the narcotics and arrest those involved.
Here is a list of those arrested and what they are charged with:
-Wilbert Ricks: 34, Waveland, five counts sale of a controlled substance.
-Genevieve Dennis: 69, Waveland, two counts sale of a controlled substance.
-Jay Kelley: 43, Waveland, Acquisition by fraud.
-Patricia Flake: 35, Waveland, sale of a controlled substance.
-James Doyle Jr.: 21, Bayside Community, sale of a controlled substance.
-Joshua Dear: 30, Bayside Community, two counts sale of a controlled substance.
-Kevin Bush: 48, Bay St. Louis, two counts felony possession of a controlled substance.
-Christopher Smith: 48, Kiln, three counts acquisition by fraud.
-Cody Moran: 23, Lakeshore, Sale of a controlled substance.
-Stephanie Sharp: 22, Vancleave, sale of a controlled substance.
-Kipp Daniels: 27, Bay St. Louis, two counts conspiracy to transfer a controlled substance.
-Kisha Barousee: 34, Bay St. Louis, possession with intent to distribute.
-Brandy Gordon: 30, Bay St. Louis, two counts conspiracy to transfer a controlled substance.