Huge meth bust in Big Level
By Jody O'Hara
Jul 12, 2013, 10:37
A long-running investigation into methamphetamine dealing culminated in a high-speed chase and the arrest of four individuals in the Big Level community Monday.
Members of the Stone/Wiggins Narcotics Task Force seized one pound of meth after Jerrad Ellsberry led them on a chase which reached speeds of 100 miles-per-hour on Lott Road.
Sheriff Mike Farmer said he'd never seen a larger quantity of the drug.
Capt. Jay Green of the task force said it was the most meth he'd seen in 12 years on the job.
"In the last few weeks, we'd been receiving information that Ellsberry was selling narcotics from a residence at 300 Lott Rd.," Green said. "We got a search warrant from Justice Court Judge Jeffrey O'Neal and executed that warrant last Tuesday.
"We found a large number of syringes, prescription medication and three guns."
Ellsberry was not at home at the time and made arrangements with law-enforcement officials to turn himself in Monday at noon.
Green credited Harrison County drug enforcement officers with tipping off Stone County officers that Ellsberry was in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine while they were waiting for him to turn himself in.
As officers once again went to the Lott Road residence, Ellsberry was leaving and they attempted to stop him.
That led to the chase, during which Ellsberry struck several mailboxes and threw an ammunition can from his truck before stopping.
While Harrison County Sheriff Department personnel placed Ellsberry under arrest, Green retrieved the ammunition can and found the pound of dope inside.
"It's a commercial grade of meth known on the street as, 'ice,' or, 'shards,' and it's the most dope I've ever seen at one time, by far," Green said.
Green said the drugs had a street value of nearly $45,000.
Officers then returned to the residence on Lott Road, where they arrested 27-year-old Michael Woods, 24-year-old Tiffany Woods and 34-year-old Corey Taylor, all of Harrison County.
Taylor was found hiding in a bathroom.
Michael and Tiffany Woods had actually waved to officers as they went by the home during the chase, Green said.
The home, while well kept, was littered with syringes and other drug paraphernalia.
Ellsberry, 34, and both Woods were charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and held without bond.
Taylor was charged with possession of paraphernalia and given a $1,000 bond.
As of Tuesday morning, all were lodged at the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility.
Ellsberry was already facing charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of paraphernalia.
He was already on parole with the Mississippi Department of Corrections and also faces a probation violation stemming from drug charges in Texas.
"This case was a great example of two law-enforcement agencies working together," Farmer said. "We wouldn't have pulled this off without the help, communication and cooperation of Harrison County law enforcement."
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