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Six charged in Pike drug bust Monday

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 3:00 pm

The Southwest Mississippi Narcotics Enforcement Unit Arrested six people on charges of conspiracy and intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana on Monday afternoon. 

Each remains in the Pike County jail on $150,000 bond.

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  • Anonymous Comment posted at 12:45 pm on Tue, Oct 11, 2011.

    Anonymous Comment Posts: 2526

    This amount of drugs distributed between six people in court means virtually nothing except a slap on the wrist. Honestly, to me, this seems like a missed opportunity to get this group of people to "flip" or "narc" on the bigger fish. These criminals will be back on the street in a year or two, at most, and walking around McComb searching for unlocked cars. Most of them are habitual offenders, some within the last year and we've let them right back out. Thank goodness for the 2nd amendment. Super duper job.

     
  • Anonymous Comment posted at 8:58 am on Tue, Oct 11, 2011.

    Anonymous Comment Posts: 2526

    A typical "posed" photograph such as this is generally a record of evidence seized to better aid prosecutors in the trial(s) of these men and women. Wake up and stop turing the obvious into some sort of conspiracy theory about demonized currency and such. Also, there is the reason for a bail system, not to mention, if the offender is not incarcerated throughout their trial and such, they cannot receive benefits for time-served when they are sentenced. The only real argument I gleen from this is to return to the paper when they list the indictments, trials and sentences of the offenders. How many of these "offenders" get 20 yr sentences, with 16 suspended? They are often ordered to pay so much in fines, obtain their GED's, and enter drug/alcohol counseling while they are incarcerated, then released on probation, where they "generally" foul up again. It is what it is! The war on drugs will never be over and as long as "offenders" are receiving substandard sentencing, we can not expect for there to be a chance for it to end. The cost of the fines is one reason that selling drugs is the only way the previoulsy convicted offender can pay them.
    In the state of Mississippi, once you are convicted of felony drug charges, from possession to manufacture to distribution, and once you have served your time and have discharged from the prison system, you may not receive state assistance of any sort and, naturally, it will be impossible for you to gain employment. Maybe the governement should reconsidered the Repeal of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. It was ignored again in the 105th Congress. If the state was doing more to rehabilitate these offenders and assist them into becoming "working, productive" members of society, there would not be so many re-offenders to net these "drug busts/raids".
    Of course, I am aware that not all "alleged" offenders have previous records or charges, but a closer look at their living situations, may reveal that they are extremely lazy and found the easy way to make money, or they could not get assistance from the government in order to live even meagerly in this economy.
    At best, if they would consider putting a cap on the benefits received...for example, allow the re-entry into society with full access to benefits (based on the standards set now to income level and family size), then if the "convicted offender" offends again, cut them off completely. We live in a state where a person who commits welfare/foodstamp fraud is only suspended from the programs for a year, but a convicted drug offender who wants to live right and make a fresh start ends up re-offending because they cannot get help! What gives?

     
  • mark edward marchiafava posted at 2:06 pm on Fri, Oct 7, 2011.

    mark edward marchiafava Posts: 91

    I really didn't expect any readers of the Enterprise -Journal to understand the well-established media/law enforcement demonizing of cash.
    "Amerika" is a word, but, again, something foreign to both the staff and readers of this "news" paper.

     
  • RideTheLightning posted at 10:53 am on Fri, Oct 7, 2011.

    RideTheLightning Posts: 3

    Unfortunately the war on drugs will never be won. Good for the bust but how is it justifiable to bust one drug-line and go undercover and supply the same money and drugs and put it back out on the streets until you find another bust. That's the same thing as a drug dealer selling you drugs and then pistol-whipping you and taking the drugs back and the money.

     
  • Anonymous Comment posted at 5:26 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Anonymous Comment Posts: 2526

    Complaining about 'the system' does nothing to change it.

    Go out and vote.
    Make sure you know what your candidate stands for, not just some of what they believe.
    Write your congressman.
    Demand change.
    Officials only do what we let them get away with.

    Citizens are complacent and too lazy to get things done.
    They'd rather complain.

     
  • oldwessonboy posted at 4:38 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    oldwessonboy Posts: 20

    @marchiafava Pretty sure they are only displaying it to show how much cash was involved and how much cash the bad guys & girls will lose. It's always amazing how people read the bizarre into ordinary things, like money on a table. I suppose the moon landing was also a hoax, and 9/11 was a government plot? And, by the way, why are you disrespecting my country by misspelling it with a "k"??

     
  • jason_maxwell posted at 12:48 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    jason_maxwell Posts: 12

    Mark, are you serious??? Demonize American (that is a "c", not a "k" in American") currency. I am not an expert, but I would think that illegal drug sale is a "cash only" business. If they could do business with Master Card, or Visa, or AMEX, or chicken heads, or hub caps, or anything else of value I am sure they would. But you can't go to Walmart and buy DVD's and baby clothes and iPad's using hub caps and chicken heads. And since setting up a merchant account with a credit card company when your primary point of sale location depends on where the fuzz has staked out, taking plastic is pretty much a non-issue. Just my two cents. Or peso's, whatever.

     
  • RealityCheck posted at 11:50 am on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    RealityCheck Posts: 117

    I do believe a couple of the folks responding to this article partook of a bit of the "wackie weed" before posting their response. I really don't see how photgraphing money seized in drug raids demonizes the currency and this amount of drugs doesn't seem to be such a small amount when you stop to consider how much has probably been handled by this group of people in the past.

     
  • mark edward marchiafava posted at 5:53 am on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    mark edward marchiafava Posts: 91

    For years, the law enforcement community, in concert with the print media, have undertaken a conscious effort to demonize the use of Amerikan currency, as if the currency, itself, is a bad thing.
    Can't help but wonder how they'd react if certain "drug sales" were charged to credit or debit cards. Would they then show a Mastercard prominently displayed in the center of such a staged photo op?

     
  • UtahJazzFan posted at 3:31 pm on Wed, Oct 5, 2011.

    UtahJazzFan Posts: 173

    This seems like a small amount for such a large front page headline. Oh yeah, the election is coming up in 4 weeks or so..... As J.T. says, Never Trust Nobody..........

     
  • MadThad posted at 3:26 pm on Wed, Oct 5, 2011.

    MadThad Posts: 94

    So 3 of these geniuses were already charged/indicted with previous crimes and were out running around - nice system we have.

     

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