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Nine arrested in drug operation

KOSCIUSKO, Miss. (WTVA) — An investigation with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and several law enforcement agencies across the state turned into Operation King Ivory, a probe into a Mississippi drug-trafficking organization.

The case carried into October with nine suspects arrested and 118.8 pounds of cocaine and more than $1 million in cash seized.

The first arrest came early in October during a highway interdiction stop on a vehicle on Interstate 59 in Clarke County. Authorities say they found 39.5 pounds of cocaine during the stop.

Afterward, agents executed a search warrant on a house in Bassfield, leading to the arrests of Fredrick Booth, Shalonda Booth, Christopher Booth and Lashedrick Eichelburger. More than $1.1 million in cash and four vehicles were taken during the search.

Days later, the MBN, state troopers and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seized 79.2 pounds of cocaine and nearly $60,000 in cash from a Booth associate in Texas.

Through the end of the month, agents found another seven high-end vehicles belonging to the suspects.

They also arrested John Davis, Kewance Fair, Derrick Sanders and Antwon Jordan on various cocaine and marijuana charges. During these arrests, agents seized $92,491 in cash, three weapons and seven vehicles, including a stolen one.

Other agencies participating in the investigation were the Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Internal Revenue Service; Mississippi Auditor’s Office; Mississippi Department of Corrections; Lamar County Sheriff Department; Lowndes County Metro Narcotics Unit; as well as Hattiesburg and Louisville police departments.





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