The Corinth Police Department Narcotics Division reported the arrests of three individuals on felony drug charges this week and another arrest stemming from a commercial burglary.

n Benita Mincy Matlock, 61, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of a controlled substance (heroin).

Detective Sgt. Bo Swindle said the arrest followed a traffic stop on Bunch Street near Wilson Street after a vehicle driven by Matlock was observed on the wrong side of the road. During the stop, the detective saw an unlabeled pill bottle with a plastic bag folded inside containing methamphetamine. Upon opening the pill bottle, detectives found two plastic bags containing approximately 1 gram of methamphetamine and 0.5 grams of heroin.

n Michael Lamar Mann, 52, of Kilpatrick Street, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and possession of a controlled substance Schedule 3. Bond was set at $25,000. Mann is on house arrest with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

n Christina Gail Gurley, 27, of Kilpatrick Street, was also arrested on Tuesday at the same location and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $25,000.

Swindle said officers observed Mann in the yard of his residence at 1006 Kilpatrick Street and knew that Mann had an outstanding capias warrant for felony possession of a controlled substance.

During a search of him, officers found a bag of suspected methamphetamine totaling 21.2 grams in his pants pocket. The bag later revealed controlled prescription pills, Swindle said.

Officers detained other occupants of the residence and the Narcotics Division obtained a search warrant., which led to the arrest of Gurley after suspected methamphetamine totaling approximately 0.3 grams was found in her room.

Officers removed drug paraphernalia from the residence, including syringes, pipes and digital scales.

Swindle said one individual was cited for drug paraphernalia, and another individual, Loyd Ray, 33, was arrested as a suspect in an unrelated burglary. Ray was later charged with commercial burglary and bond set at $25,000.

Another person was taken from the scene by ambulance for suspected drug-related issues.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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