Checkpoints net three felony drug arrests
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 1:00 AM
Three men were arrested on felony drug charges at traffic checkpoints on Mississippi 21 south over the weekend, the authorities said.
Sheriff Tommy Waddell said checkpoints would continue throughout the county during the Neshoba County Fair in an effort to keep state highways and county roads safe for motorists.
Nordade Rodney Johnson, 30, of 517 Pleasant Valley Dr., was charged with felony possession of cocaine, driving under the influence of alcohol, second offense, and driving under a suspended license early Saturday morning, Sheriff Tommy Waddell said.
Johnson tried to avoid a roadblock by turning his vehicle around, he said.
"He ended up turning onto a dead-end road where he was stopped," Waddell said.
Johnson was later released from jail on $10,000 bond.
Two Louisiana men were arrested about 2 a.m. Sunday at the checkpoint after they left the Fairgrounds, Waddell said.
James Savoie, 27, 166 Greenway Dr., of Church Point, La., and Nickolas Leblanc, 28, 1016 Lucere Boyer Road, Breaux Bridge, La., were both charged with felony possession of crystal methamphetamine early Sunday morning at a checkpoint on Highway 21.
They were coming from the Neshoba County Fairgrounds when they encountered a checkpoint set up by Sheriff's deputies, Waddell said.
They were picked up with a small, but felony, amount of crystal meth, the sheriff said.
Late night and early morning checkpoints can be expected for the remainder of the Fair, said.
"They'll be scattered throughout the county," Waddell said.
"This is an effort to make our state highways and county roads a safer place to travel with our families," he said. "We're not only targeting impaired drivers but illegal drugs."