Nine people were arrested in a nine-month joint undercover operation by county and state law enforcement officers targeting the sale of methamphetamine, crack cocaine and prescription medication in Neshoba County.

The arrests by the Neshoba County Sheriff's Office and the state Bureau of Narcotics included a father and son along with a mother and daughter.

More arrests are expected, Sheriff Tommy Waddell said.

Charged were:

• Eric Horne, 29, of 10430 Road 545, one count sale of a control substance (prescription drugs), disorderly conduct and resisting arrest with struggle.

• Michael Neese, 57, of 12410 Road 325, Union, one count sale of Hydrocodone.

• Daniel "D. D." Neese, 19, of 12410 Road 325, Union, one count sale of controlled substance.

Michael Neese is Daniel Neese's father.

• Ann Clark, 47, of 10160 Road 349, sale of methamphetamine.

• Brittney H. Moore, 24, of 10160 Road 349, sale of methamphetamine. Clark is Moore's mother.

• Randous Peebles, 54, of Road 616, sale of methamphetamine.

• Anthony Seales, 33, of 401 South Lewis Ave., Lot 39, sale of Hydrocodone.

• Tyski Wells, 21, of 10091 Road 549, three counts sale of a controlled substance.

• Randy Moncrief, 32, of 723 Fox Ave., two counts sale of a controlled substance.

"The undercover operation went on for eight to nine months, targeting drug offenders in the county," Waddell said. "A variety of drugs was bought by undercover officers, from prescription medication, to crystal methamphetamine and crack cocaine. We started picking people up early Thursday morning. Several more arrests are expected."

Waddell said the operation was a continuing effort to crack down on the sale of drugs.

"A lot of these cases don't happen overnight," he said. "A lot of times people give us information and think nothing is being done. Some of these cases stem back to the first week I took office.

"A lot of hard work was put into this effort."

He thanked the Bureau of Narcotics for its assistance.

"We have a real good relationship with MBN and we are going to continue to work with them to try and make our communities a better place to live in," he said.

The cases will be turned over to the District Attorney's office for prosecution, he said.

Anyone wishing to report any illegal drug activity may call the Sheriff at 601-656-1414.