JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) –
It may not the biggest marijuana haul in Jackson County, but it’s probably the sweetest.
Sixteen bags of cereal treats infused with marijuana were confiscated in a drug bust on Wednesday.
The drug bust happened in the Gulf Park Estates Community, an unincorporated area of Jackson County that has been hit hard with crime lately. The sweet-treats bust is particularly bothersome to authorities because it involved juveniles.
If it hadn’t have been stopped, it could have created many more problems.
“Years ago, they put marijuana in brownies and various other things,” said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell. “But now they’ve gone and violated the Rice Krispie Treat Act.”
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell sees the lighter side of the arrest, but make no mistake – he knows how dangerous it could have been.
“What if one of these juveniles took something home and what if a 2 or 3-year-old child picked up that Rice Krispie Treat? What do you got now? You’ve got a serious problem,” said Ezell.
Nineteen-year-old Deshea Johnson of Ocean Springs was arrested and charged with trying to sell the treats to three juveniles at the Lake Mars Boat Launch.
“We’re going to work down in Gulf Park Estates like we do in other parts of the county,” Ezell said, “But we’re really going to focus down there because we’re having just more and more calls on it.”
Jackson County Supervisor Randy Bosarge has been working with Ezell to increase patrols.
“We’ve made probably a half a dozen or so arrests in the last six months,” he said, “but this is probably by far the biggest arrest that we’ve made drug related down there to date.”
Long-time resident Betty Gorline says most times, she doesn’t feel threatened.
“It gets a little close to home occasionally,” Gorline said. “I try to stay away from the problems as much as I can so I feel relatively safe.”
But, she doesn’t have an answer to the problem.
“Drugs seem to be a big problem everywhere, so I’m really not sure how they can handle it I’m not aware of any one thing that’s going to do it,” she added.
The case is under investigation, additional arrests are possible.
Deshea Johnson (Photo source: Jackson County jail docket)
Sheriff Mike Ezell (right) and District 5 Supervisor Randy Bosarge (Photo source: Jackson County Sheriff’s Department)
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