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Major Drug Bust

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The Hinds County Sheriff's deputies make a major drug bust, with the help of the Pearl Police Department.

On Saturday deputies arrested 59-year-old Frank dills of Crandall, Georgia and 55-year-old Gwendolyn Nicholas of Signal Mountain, Tennessee.  They are charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute while in the possession of a firearm.

"Crime and those that commit crimes does not have boundaries," exclaims Sheriff Tyrone Lewis.

Law enforcement, with the help of K-9 Chappy, seized 166-pounds of marijuana.  We're told it has a street value of more than 330-thousand dollars.

"It lowers the crime rate when it doesn't hit the streets of any community," Sheriff Lewis tells News Channel 12.

Sheriff Lewis explains a routine traffic stop on Interstate-55 northbound near Terry led to the discovery.

"I-55 is not an area that's been worked in a while, and we have to be just as smart as the criminal element.  We have to let them know we're focused on more than just one area," add Sheriff Lewis.

He says the suspects were headed from Texas to Georgia.  And, he's happy that his department, with the help from the Pearl Police Department, was able to get that amount of marijuana off the streets.

We're told this drug bust is the largest under the leadership of Sheriff Lewis.

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