Philadelphia Police Officers assisted in the arrest of a Carthage man accused of trafficking drugs in Carthage as part of a local narcotics tax force involving area agencies and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

The drug bust had an estimated street value of $60,000, authorities say.

MBN agents, PPD and other local law enforcement officers Wednesday arrested James Antwan Moore, of 937 Pine Hill Circle, Carthage, charging him with aggravated trafficking of methamphetamine and trafficking of MDMA or “ecstasy.”

The Carthage man was serving a sentence in a drug case under drug court supervision in Choctaw County. His Wednesday arrest was on fresh drug charges, according to Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy. He said their investigation does not stop with Moore.

“Mr. Moore’s arrest follows an investigation of about a year. It is ongoing and we expect to make additional arrests,” Director Dowdy said.

Moore faces charges that stem from a search of his residence, where agents found approximately one-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine and approximately 160 dosage units of MDMA. The drugs have a combined estimated street value of $60,000, Director Dowdy said.

Moore was taken into custody by the 5th Judicial Drug Court in Choctaw County.  

MBN led the investigation that resulted in the suspect’s arrest. In addition to Philadelphia police officers assisting the agency were the Leake County Sheriff’s Office, the Carthage Police Department and the 5th Judicial Drug Court.

Philadelphia Police Chief Grant Myers was unavailable for comment as of press time.