Marijuana, cocaine, DUI, stolen gun among charges from weekend roadblock


Marijuana, cocaine and drunk driving charges, including a stolen firearm, are among the charges two Philadelphia residents face as the result of a safety checkpoint Saturday just north of town.

John R. Veasley, 32, of 303 MLK Drive Lot 41, was arrested and charged with first-offense possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance believed to be cocaine, said Neshoba County Sheriff Eric Clark.

Bianca Graham, 21, of 513 Cumberland Avenue, was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen firearm.

The arrests stem from an incident where Neshoba County Sheriff’s deputies were conducting a safety checkpoint on Highway 19 north near the Fork Road.

Veasley was driving a Chevy Tahoe and found to be without a driver’s license, Clark said. Jail records indicate that he was also intoxicated.

Clark said that he was in felony possession of marijuana and a controlled substance believed to be cocaine and about $1,400 in cash.

The passenger in the vehicle, identified as Graham, was in possession of a stolen firearm and a small amount of marijuana.

“Neshoba County Sheriff’s deputies are committed to fighting the war on drugs,” Clarks said.

The firearm was a Glock 9mm that was reported stolen on July 8, 2020, from Columbus.

Jail records show both also had a hold for an investigation.

Both Veasley and Graham were transported to Neshoba County Detention Center. Clark said that Veasley has been released on a $35,000 bond and Graham on a $5,000 bond.

Clark said that anyone with information concerning this or another crime is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 601-656-1414 with any information concerning crimes in Neshoba County.

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