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Crossroads residents in jail for selling drugs
by Joseph Miller
Oct 26, 2013 | 280 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Five Crossroads area residents were arrested Friday on charges related to selling controlled substances and illegal drugs.

Brandon Wilbanks, 25 and Lacey Wilbanks, 21, both of 3200 Country Lane Apartments in Corinth, were charged with selling a controlled substance. Lacey was charged with one count while Brandon was charged with two.

Alcorn County Narcotics Unit Officers Darrell Hopkins and Jason Willis made the arrests and said they expect more people to be arrested in relation to the Wilbanks arrest.

“There are more arrests forthcoming due to the influx of prescription pills being sold in the Alcorn County area,” Hopkins said. “Studies are showing approximately 90 percent of overdoses in Mississippi are coming from prescription medication.”

An alarming number of these sales have taken place over the past couple of years, according to the report, and officers are working closely with other agencies to try to curb the problem. In a recent national police report, overdoses from pain killers are the number one killer of middle aged women in the United States, said the officers.

“This is a problem we as officers are having trouble getting across to people,” Willis added. “However, the problem exists and we need to deal with it.”

Three other Crossroads area residents were also arrested Friday on drug charges. The Corinth Police Department, Narcotics Unit and the Special Response Unit (SRT) arrested Taniqua Blackmon, 23 and Johnathan Westbrook 22, both of 719C Dorsey Street in Corinth, along with Tyrone Bowden III, 24 of Florence Ave. in Michie, Tenn., for selling cocaine.

Blackmon was charged with the sell of cocaine, Bowden III was charged with two counts of selling cocaine, and Westbrook was charged with four counts, said the officers.
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