State trusty busted for hiding drugs inside PD

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX)-  If walls could talk, the ones in the Moss Point Police Department would have alot of explaining to do.

"There are typically drugs in police departments, but they are locked up behind evidence vaults," said Jackson County Narcotics Task Force Commander Sgt. Curtis Spiers.

If that's true, then the Moss Point Police Department was far from typical early Sunday morning.  Two Moss Point officers called the Narcotics Task Force around two AM, with suspicion of some illegal substances in a department washroom.  The Task Force found was a half ounce of powdered cocaine, twenty five rocks of crack cocaine, three ounces of marijuana, prescription pills, and a cell phone all hidden above the ceiling tiles.

Officials believe a state trusty, twenty six year old Marcus Jackson, who frequently used the room, put them there.  He is currently serving time for cocaine possession, and had been working at the Moss Point Police Department as part of that sentence.  Now he is charged with new offenses, including multiple counts of possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, and the introduction of contraband into a corrections facility.  It's not quite what you'd expect from a trusty.

"They're given some responsibility to try to be a productive citizen so to speak. Part of being a productive citizen isn't having drugs to sell inside a police department," said Spiers.  "Any time you find something like this, it's obviously shocking."

Jackson's new charges are launching a new investigation.

"We definitely know that he was dealing drugs," said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd.  "Now to the extent of who he was dealing it, and who he was involved with, that's what our investigation is going to hopefully reveal."

The Moss Point Police Department is on board to help the investigation.  Deputy Chief Bobby Johnson said he was surprised to find that much of a controlled susbtance hiding behind the walls of the department.

"We are assisting," he said.  "Whatever the Task Force needs, we're available to assist them."

It's not the end of the road for Jackson.

"We've got to get him before a grand jury, and once we get him indicted, then we'll go to trial with him," Byrd said.

Law enforcement officials agreed they are glad to have caught the drugs before they were distributed.

"Any time you recover drugs anywhere, it's a good day," said Johnson.