Traffic stop nabs four drug suspects

Traffic stop nabs four drug suspects


Four adults were arrested and charged with drug trafficking after they were found with 36 grams of meth in a vehicle earlier this month, authorities said.

The driver, Ariel Bell, 27, of 10211 County Road 773, was charged with DUI and trafficking of a controlled substance. Sheriff Eric Clark said Bell was immediately put into the custody of Child Protective Services following her arrest because there was a two-year-old child in the vehicle. Clark said she remained in CPS custody as of this week.

The mother of the child, Alondra Kiarra Graham, 23, of 3194 Luke Road, Preston, was arrested and charged with trafficking of a controlled substance. She was a passenger in the vehicle.

Two other passengers were arrested including the mother’s boyfriend, Terrence Kirk 33, of 3215 Highway 21 South, Preston, was arrested and charged with trafficking of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Finally, John Howard Gale, 32, of 118 Vally Road, was arrested and charged with trafficking of a controlled substance. 

Clark said more charges were likely pending from CPS and other agencies including possible federal charges due to the weight of drugs brought onto the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indian Reservation land.

Clark said deputies stopped the vehicle at Bell’s residence on Road 773 on March 2, around 10 p.m. He said Bell was seen driving a maroon Chevy Malibu. He said the vehicle was initially encountered on County Road 767 near Bogue Chitto and did not yield to blue lights until stopping at the Road 773 residence.

Clark noted that the pursuit was conducted at a low rate of speed. At the residence deputies with the assistance of Choctaw Police had to open the door of the car themselves. Clark said officers could smell marijuana at this time.

A search of the car revealed a case containing 36 grams of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, marijuana and paraphernalia in the back seat.

Also in the back seat was a two-year-old child. Clark said CPS was called due to the presence of the child and that the child was handed over to the care of a grandparent.

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