A pursuit following an attempted traffic stop has led to felony drug charges.

Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar said Kevin Dewayne Murphy, 32, of Booneville was arrested June 24 following a foot pursuit that began when Murphy fled after deputies and officers with North Mississippi Narcotics attempted to stop his vehicle on Mississippi Highway 130 East.

Murphy led officers on a chase from that location to Marietta Street in Booneville where he lost control of his vehicle and fled on foot before being captured.

He was charged with felony fleeing and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Bond was set at $25,000 and a hold was placed on him by the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Narcotics Investigator Joey Clark will present the case to the next county grand jury.

An investigation subsequent to Murphy’s arrest led to the issuance of a search warrant at 61 County Road 2121, Booneville where Murphy was living with Jodi Amanda Holt in a double-wide mobile home at the location. Authorities discovered methamphetamine and firearms during the search and Holt, 45, was charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine between 2 and 10 grams), enhanced due to possession of a firearm. She is being held without bond due to a previous arrest by Booneville police for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine between 10 and 20 grams), said Tolar.

Other recent felony arrests by the sheriff’s department, all in separate, unrelated cases, include:

Dandee Dijon Miller, 30, of Booneville arrested by deputies Gunter Brumley and Hunter Walton at a safety checkpoint after he was discovered in possession of six ounces of marijuana. Miller was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute. Bond was set at $5,000 and the case will be presented by Clark to the next county grand jury.

Tony L Pharr Jr, 37, of Marietta, arrested by Deputy Brumley at a roadside safety checkpoint at the intersection of County Road 8350 and County Road 8301. Pharr was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and several misdemeanor traffic offenses. Bond was set at $5,000 on the felony charge.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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