Officials: George County fugitive arrested after jail visit

Joseph Phillip Knowles. Image source: George County Sheriff's Department.
Joseph Phillip Knowles. Image source: George County Sheriff's Department.

GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A man wanted in George County for possession of a controlled substance and failure to appear in court was located and arrested in Clarke County last Friday after he went to visit his son in jail, according to George County Sheriff Dean Howell.

Howell said Joseph Phillip Knowles, 52, was arrested in November 2013 on charges of possession of a controlled substance, methadone. Officials said Knowles was out of jail on bond but failed to show up for his sentencing hearing in January. A George County judge then issued a bench warrant to bring Knowles in.

Howell said authorities had been following tips that Knowles could be hiding out in Pennsylvania, but that all changed last week when a tip came in that he was hiding at his son's house in Quitman. Howell said officials in Clarke County told him that Knowles' son had been arrested on April 24, and Knowles had been to the jail to visit him.

Howell said a team of George and Clarke County Sheriff's deputies were able to arrest Knowles on April 25 without incident. Knowles is being held at the George County Regional Jail as he awaits sentencing.

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