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More arrests in Hinds Co. meth crackdown

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Devon Lee, April Alford and Richard Beach (Source: HCSO) Devon Lee, April Alford and Richard Beach (Source: HCSO)
Cain says the value of the ice is roughly $12,000, but deputies also seized cash, a vehicle, and drug paraphernalia, pushing the total value of the bust to approximately $17,000. (Source: HCSO) Cain says the value of the ice is roughly $12,000, but deputies also seized cash, a vehicle, and drug paraphernalia, pushing the total value of the bust to approximately $17,000. (Source: HCSO)
(Source: HCSO) (Source: HCSO)
Kristy Marion Dier, 27 (Source: HCSO) Kristy Marion Dier, 27 (Source: HCSO)
John Barrett Cotting, 32 (Source: HCSO) John Barrett Cotting, 32 (Source: HCSO)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Three more suspects have been arrested in the Hinds County Sheriff's Office's investigation into a supply source for crystal methamphetamine in the metro area. Two suspects were arrested in the case last week.

"The Hinds County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit has been investigating a group since November of last year that has been responsible for putting out a quite of bit of meth in the ICE form on the streets," said Chief Deputy Chris Picou.

According to Othor Cain three suspects were arrested at 2063 S. McRaven Rd. Monday. Deputies also seized one ounce of methamphetamine with a street value of about $2,000, two devices used to detect radio frequencies used by law enforcement, $2,511 in cash, digital scales and packing materials used to distribute drugs.

April Alford, 26, of Jackson, Richard Henry Beach, 27, of Crystal Springs and David Decon Lee, 36, of Florence have been charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute while in the possession of a firearm. Lee will face an additional charge of convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Two suspects were arrested in the case Feb. 20. Deputies seized four ounces of ICE at the time of the arrests. Cain says the value of the ICE was roughly $12,000, and deputies also seized cash, a vehicle, and drug paraphernalia, pushing the total value of the bust to approximately $17,000.

Narcotics Lt. Crieg Oster said while this quantity may not seem that abundant, in actuality it is a substantial amount of ICE that an average drug dealer could profit thousands of dollars. ICE is the street name describing a purer form of meth.

Kristy Marion Dier, 27, of Byram was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. John Barrett Cotting, 32, of Brandon was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible as detectives continue to probe the case.

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