HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - More than a dozen people were thrown into Hancock County jail cells Friday, all accused of drug crimes. The suspects are from Bay St. Louis, Waveland and the Kiln.
A news release from the sheriff's department says they're charged with either selling illegal drugs, possessing drugs, or in one case selling a counterfeit controlled substance.
One interesting note linked to the drug roundup: Hancock County investigators say a couple of the suspects arrested are the same people nabbed last week by Waveland police. Investigators called those suspects "problem children," because of their alleged connection to a series of recent shootings in that city.
The people arrested are as follows:
Wilbert Ricks, 36, B/M, Waveland: Five Counts Sale of a Controlled Substance
William Vaughn, 29, B/M, Bay St. Louis: Sale of a Controlled Substance
Charles Nichols, 29, B/M, Bay St. Louis: Sale of a Controlled Substance
Demetris Williams, 23, B/M, Waveland: Sale of Controlled Substance
Desiree Archer, 27, W/F, Waveland: Sale of Controlled Substance
Lance Davis, 26, B/M, Waveland: Sale of a Counterfeit Controlled Substance
Demarcus Hawkins, 20, B/M, Waveland: False Pretense
Julian Ramirez, 32, B/M, Kiln: Felony Possession with Intent to Distribute and Felony Fleeing
Patricia Netto, 25, W/F, Bay St. Louis: Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance
Valerie Warren, 34, W/F, Bay St. Louis: Possession of Controlled Substance
Austin Schmelzer, 40, W/M, Bay St. Louis: Alias Capias Felony Poss. of a C/S with Intent to Distribute
Brian Forstall, 59, W/M, Bay St. Louis: Alias Capias Felony DUI
Rick Lewis, 39, B/M, Waveland: Sale of a Controlled Substance
Hancock County investigators say six more suspects will end up in jail by the time Operation Push Back is over. The sheriff said it's his goal to disrupt the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics in Hancock County. The Hancock County Narcotics Task Force, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and Waveland Police teamed up on the Friday morning drug sweep.