MBN arrests dozens in drug roundup including former jailer

UPDATE: Following an 18 month drug investigation, former Lawrence County Jailer Renee Simpson and 47 others were arrested Thursday and Friday in raids. The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics partnered with Monticello Police and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department according to MBN Director John Dowdy.

Federal, state and local law enforcement officers served two search warrants and arrest warrants for the suspects in Lawrence, Lincoln, Walthall, Jefferson Davis, Pike and Copiah counties. Most suspects face charges for selling drugs in Lawrence County according to Dowdy.

Among the drugs confiscated, agents found 423 dosage units of hydrocodone, 107 dosage units of oxycodone, 135 grams of methamphetamine, 19 grams of crack cocaine and eight grams of cocaine powder.

All suspects are booked into the Lawrence County Jail they’re awaiting initial appearances. 


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — A multi-county drug raid leads to dozens of people bars within a few hours Thursday morning.

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics along with local law enforcement led the roundup.

Law enforcement had 65 warrants to issue and now nearly 50 people are behind bars.
The roundup happened in Copiah, Lincoln, Walthall, Lawrence, and Jeff Davis counties.

We’re told the suspects are charged with having opioids and other drugs like meth.

MBN Director John Dowdy says operations like this are just the tip of the iceberg.

“This is a multi-faceted approach that we’re taking from education and training to trying to get some regulations put in place to control the prescribing habits of the medical community, treatment options that would be available to individuals and an aggressive enforcement approach when we saw today.”

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