HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Hancock County has a serious heroin problem, and according to Sheriff Ricky Adam, immediate action is needed. Within the last 24-48 hours, at least four people have been taken to Hancock Medical Center for reportedly overdosing on heroin. One of the victims has died, but has not yet been identified.
Given the number of overdoses occurring suddenly over such a short period of time, agents are concerned that the supply of illegal heroin currently on the street has possibly been compounded with another dangerous substance.
"It is imperative that we quickly identify the source of this drug, and take the necessary action to shut it down. Our narcotics division will be working around the clock, in cooperation with state and federal authorities, to prevent more of these tragic incidents and bring to justice those who commit drug crimes in Hancock County," Sheriff Ricky Adam said.
Thursday morning, agents from the Hancock County Narcotics Division, with assistance from Waveland Police Department, arrested Jeremy Simpkins of Waveland on two felony narcotics warrants. Simpkins was arrested at a residence on Morris Street in Waveland, and is currently charged with two counts of Sale/Transfer of Controlled Substance – Heroin.
The investigation involving Simpkins is ongoing, and further charges are possible, according to Cmdr. Jeremy Skinner. Simpkins has multiple prior drug convictions and was on probation at the time of this arrest. He is currently being held at the Hancock County Jail with no bond.