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Over the past two weeks the Jackson Police Department, along with the First Judicial Circuit Special Response Team, executed two search warrants and a knock-and-talk at three different locations within the city of Jackson.
Four subjects were taken into custody for several different drug-related charges along with failure to purchase a drug tax stamp. Two of the search warrants executed removed three major suppliers off the street. Two of the three individuals have bonds set at $1.5 million.
Subjects arrested include Devon Boykin, charged with two counts of trafficking illegal narcotics, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; Terra McDonald, charged with two counts of trafficking illegal narcotics; possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; Jordan Etheredge, charged with possession of marijuana first degree, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; and Dustin Rogers charged with possession of marijuana first degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a short-barrel shotgun and possession of a stolen firearm. Jackson lawmen say the four have been distributing drugs within the city limits.
The amounts recovered during the execution of the search warrants included marijuana, 400 grams (close to one pound); crack cocaine, 31 grams; oxycodone pills, 66 total; and spice, 58 grams.
Additionally, seven guns were seized and $13,643 in cash.
A tool to combat drug trafficking is a state-mandated “drug tax stamp.” While drugs are illegal, the required “stamps” codes are another way to combat them, according to Jackson Police Chief Jerry Taylor and Deputy Chief John Moore and they will be utilized.
The fines for failure to purchase a stamp are hefty and the stamps are a way to impose monetary fines help deter people interested in this type of activity.
Fines for not having the stamps start at about $200 and range upward to $2,000.
Moore said for the drugs detailed in these cases, the fines alone would total more than $30,000.
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