Search warrant leads to four arrests and possible dog fighting bust

Adams County Sheriff's Department seizes drugs, cash, guns and dogs.

ADAMS COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten says a simple search warrant lead his investigators to arresting four men, seizing several drugs and stolen property, and rescuing dogs possibly involved in dog fighting.

Sheriff Patten it began on September 13, 2016. Investigators from the Special Operations Group searched a home on Westwood Road in Natchez after receiving a tip.

John Adams
John Adams

He says they discovered stolen property,methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and surveillance equipment. John Adams was arrested and taken to the county jail.

Later that evening, we’re told Michael Johnson was arrested in connection to the case. Sheriff Patten says he was found to be in possession of xanax, methamphetamine, and a stolen, loaded weapon.

Carlos Owens
Carlos Owens

Johnson had just been to Justice Court earlier that day on additional drug charges. He is now being held without bond.

Investigators later found another loaded gun, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine inside Johnson’s home on Government Fleet Road.

Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson

Also in connection to the case, members of the Special Response Team executed a search warrant on Pogo Street in Natchez.

On September 15, 2016, we’re told Carlos Owens and Derrick Owens were inside the home and arrested. Officials found, almost 2 pounds of marijuana, synthetic marijuana, over 40 grams of cocaine,  57 Alprazolam, 21 Lortabs, scales, baggies, packing material, two loaded pistols, one loaded rifle, surveillance equipment, two vehicles, and $1,670.

Derrick Owens
Derrick Owens

A deputy also removed six pit bulls from the home’s front yard. Officials believe the dogs may have been used in dog fighting.

Deputy Karen Ewing was called because there were items found that raised concern the six pitbulls in the yard being trained to fight. Sheriff Patten says Carlos and Derrick Owens will be charged in connection to the dog seizure.

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