February 2, 2010 5:09:00 PM
Three Oktibbeha County men were arrested Sunday by the Mississippi Highway Patrol on felony drug charges in eastern Lowndes County.
Orathio Deshaun Robinson, 29, of 1333 Timberline Drive, Starkville, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, a litter law violation, no proof of liability insurance and driving on a suspended license.
Charles Ferguson Jr., 30, of 1458 Rev. Ware Rd., Starkville, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and a litter law violation.
Lazeric Yarbrough, 35, of 3111 Louisville Rd., Sturgis, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and a litter law violation.
Mississippi Highway Patrol officers were conducting a safety checkpoint Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 45 Alternate and Highway 82 when they observed an individual throw an item from a vehicle, according to a Highway Patrol news release. Troopers stopped the vehicle and immediately recovered more than one pound of marijuana with a street value of approximately $1,100, police said.
All three men in the vehicle were arrested and were still waiting arraignment in Lowndes County Jail as of Tuesday afternoon.
mE commented at 2/2/2010 5:38:00 PM:
damn now these fools about to go up on their prices!
Zack commented at 2/2/2010 6:02:00 PM:
DzNuts commented at 2/2/2010 10:25:00 PM:
Damn smokey. How the he'll you gonna get fired on yo day off?
plastyduh commented at 2/3/2010 12:25:00 AM:
i don't know if you guys know this, but the price of marijuana has really sky rocketed around here. what used to be a 50 dollar half ounce is 100 dollars. Its ridiculous. Fire these terrible police officers so the prices come down.
Leeroy commented at 2/3/2010 8:22:00 AM:
What ever happened to the good ol days of huffing paint?
Bubba Gump commented at 2/3/2010 9:11:00 AM:
Most of them died off from brain damage, well all of them except you.
emily commented at 2/3/2010 2:34:00 PM:
just legalize it. damn. those guys aren't hurting anybody but our tax money is going to put their asses in jail. i'm tired of my money being wasted.
j commented at 2/3/2010 3:02:00 PM:
America is land of the free but land of the dumb I dont smoke but its messed up why they just want legalize it and make money off it like the money they make from cigarette taxes then people want be getting arested are shot over drugs and we can focus more on making columbus beautiful then their will be less people in jail, more jobs, and less dumb ass cops excuss me wana b's
walter commented at 2/3/2010 4:35:00 PM:
With the exception of the reference to "less duumb ass cops," I agree totally with j and Emily. There are many dedicated and honorable men and women who often put their lives on the line to serve and protect us. However, the time has come to conduct a thorough research into the pros and cons of de-criminalizing many of the substances that are now classified illegal. Then, representatives must be elected who will then vote, in respect to the law, based upon the result of an honest study of the law's impact, as presently written and enforced. Judges, D.A.'s and law enforcement are only acting within the law. Legislators are responsible for revisiting old laws, periodically, and in the light of new evidence, repeal those that have proven to be more harmful, overall, than good.
For example: If a user robs 2 persons to get $50 worth of drugs, how many will he or she most likely rob to get $500 to pay a fine and another $750 to pay a lawyer? What happens if he or she also need another $400 to pay a bondsman?
We need to rethink what we're doing. Society, in my humble opinion, would be safer if the user only "needed" $50. General society would definitely have less money stolen.
Take the same example: Instead of a user, suppose it was a "dealer" and he or she was selling $300 to buy a ragged ass car or $500 to replace perfectly healthy front teeth with a gold grille. If he must sell to 7 individuals in order get enough money to buy his or her trinkets or to satisfy his need to look "fly" how many persons would he or she have to sell to in order to raise enough money to pay his or her $5,000 fine, $2500 attorney fee and $500 bond?
The cost to society is magnified by laws intended to control human behaviour. We, as a society, cannot continue to bear that cost. When the cost of enforcement is added to the above costs, it is obvious that the time has come to change or approach in this 3 decade long war on drugs. There are smarter and more cost-effective means of doing so and any elected-official(s), for whatever the reason who refuse to recognize what time it is and insists upon doing the same old thing has overstayed his or her usefulness to us as progressive county, state and nation. The evidence is clear. It is time for a change in policy. Even in the Iraqi War, those charged with establishing policy had the common-sense, intelligence and integrity to change their policies when they realized the old ones weren't working. Shouldn't those making policies in the "war on drug" possess the same common-sense, intelligence and integrity? Since, in actuality, the war is being waged against American citizens and their significant others, I submit that there is even more compelling reason for the latter to change course. At least they should consider the issue honestly and openly. On the other hand, if the war is being won, don't change a thing. But, if you insist that it is being won, explain to me why it has become the country's longest fought war, next to the war against bigotry and discrimination? If it is being won, why are we still spending billions of tax dollars and the amount of substance and the number of users have grown and continue to grow?
There has got to be a better, more humane way to deal with, what is in essence, an illness, an issue of citizens' health and that along. The evidence proves it beyond a reasonable doubt.
pickle commented at 2/3/2010 9:51:00 PM:
It's a shame that the SCOTUS has set a precedent that allows for blatant Fourth Amendment violations such as "safety checkpoints." I suppose the public interest in ridding the streets of dangerous criminals* such as these three justifies the violation of the rights of everybody else who drives along that road.
* For all I know they could be dangerous criminals. That's a side effect of the creation of a black market. If you made Coca-Cola illegal tomorrow, you'd have people getting shot over it the following day. Is it worth it?
Beretta commented at 2/3/2010 10:36:00 PM:
Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. Thank you officers for getting this poisen off the streets.
Trina commented at 2/4/2010 8:55:00 AM:
All of these individuals are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. Just because these individuals have drug related charges does not mean that are dangerous criminals. Society judges people before knowing the whole detail. The media places the information out their for everyone to view and most people automatically say they are guilty, scums, or dangerous criminals when in reality know one actually know who they are. Understand that these individuals are humans.They belong to someone, They are someone's children and could be someone's father. Before you speak a curse over someone's life, be sure to check what's going on at your house. You may have kids that can be faced with something very similar to this or something even worse. Just because these individuals had drugs on them does not stereotypically mean that they were trying to buy a ragged ass car or put a gold grille in thier mouth to look fly. They could have actually being trying to pay their light bill, feed or clothe their kids, help a dying grandmother purchase her medication. You really don't know what the situation is. The economy, city official, state, federal goverment is just as guilty as these individuals. Understand we live in a society that is quickly fading away and so many individuals are being lost in the system, and you have to ask the question, for what reason.
Ha commented at 2/4/2010 9:44:00 AM:
Trina, your name alone robs you of any credibility.
yo mama commented at 2/4/2010 9:58:00 AM:
ha, spoken like a true racist
Beretta commented at 2/4/2010 1:20:00 PM:
There is never a right time to do the wrong thing. I don't care if they were trying to pay a light bill or feed children. It is never acceptable to sell drugs to accomplish a good goal. If my child does wrong then they should pay. Maybe I raised them right maybe I didn't, but that doesn't excuse wrong doing.
tom commented at 2/4/2010 2:54:00 PM:
I am not believing what I am reading! It will never make since to legalize any kind of drug. Yes we are fighting a war against drugs and a war on terrorism. Are you also saying that we should stop fighting against terrorism. That we should just let the terrorist come into our country and take over without fighting for our country. You are slightly deranged if you think that is going to happen. We have soldiers overseas right now fighting for our freedom and we have law enforcement officers right here in America and yes right here in Columbus, fighting to keep drugs out of my babies and your babies hands. I know I am going to get a million comments back about how sorry you think the Columbus Police Department is but I dont really care what you say because my husband is a Columbus Police Officer and I know what he faces on a day to day basis! Drugs, drunks and idiots of every kind riddle the streets of Columbus and the men and women of the CPD have to put up with their crap day after day. All to keep you safe and sound in nice comfy homes, pecking away on your little computers, blasting them with peck of the keyboard!!! So you just keep dreaming about legalizing drugs. I for one pray that they never do because I do not want that mess ever to get near my child. So rock on CPD!!! You have my full support!!!
Trina commented at 2/4/2010 3:31:00 PM:
Ha: For the correction. I am very, very educated. My name does not refernce who I am as a person. I know my credibility and my character. Racist and stereotypical comments that have been made on this site is one of the reasons why we as Americans continue to fall behind. But one day, God will have the final say in it all. My GOD and THE GOD that I serve will prevail over all. Judge not lest you be Judge. GOD will show up and show out for his children. I pray that God will Bless you and all in a tremedous way. Love covers the multitude of sins. What have you done that you need God to step in and because of his grace and mercy we all here today. I pray the officers because they are a battle just like everybody else.
walter commented at 2/4/2010 5:06:00 PM:
As much as many of us wished that elected-officials would enact and continue laws that benefit us personally, in an ordered democratic society, that can never be, Tom and Beretta. I do not want my childen to get hooked, nor yours.
Elected officials must pass laws that benefits society, taking into consideration a number of variables...
m commented at 2/4/2010 5:14:00 PM:
tom, did you say your "husband"? and i don't know of many babies using drugs. what about all the corporate welfare, oh yeah that benefits the rich so it don't count. more people are addicted to cigarettes and alcohol and die from those addictions than all other drugs combined. but thats right you smoke and drink so thats all right. and how did fighting terrorism factor in to this conversation, what a moron! after prohibition ended, it broke the mobs backs, so it could work again with marijuana. too bad that will never happen because too many people are making money off it.
pickle commented at 2/4/2010 6:52:00 PM:
Isn't it ironic to see reasoned, objective thought from those supporting marijuana decriminalization, while those who vehemently oppose it have to resort to equating drug users to terrorists?
NarcUnit commented at 2/4/2010 9:41:00 PM:
Actually the law has somewhat been changed as it relates to drugs. The max sentence for sale of marijuana less than a legal ounce is three years. In some cases you can possess up to 300 grams (10 ounces) and it still be a misdemeanor. So, essentially through sentencing guidlines and sentencing trends, marijuana has been, at least to a point, decriminalized. It's not nearly what is was 30-40 years ago. I have worked several cases on both sale and possession of narcotics and have recently run into some of my past defendants. So, I did some research. In 2006, I worked a defendant on 3 counts of sale of cocaine. This defendant pled to one count, the other two were retired to file, and he was given 16 years with 5 post release supervision. Under the new guide lines, he was only required to serve 25 % (4 years) and was given 30 days off his sentence for every 30 days good behavior. Subtracting that from the 4 years, you're down to 2 years to serve on a 16 year sentence. So, you guys tell me that drugs across the board haven't been somewhat decriminalized. I promise you (because i have asked them) that the dealers on the streets of columbus, MS are fully aware of the math behind getting caught selling drugs and they are not worried about the consequences of selling drugs and making PLENTY of money doing it. I deal with the users, sellers, bangers, meth manufacturers every day. Trust me guys, it's pretty much everywhere. I have kids just you guys and I am fully aware of your fears as it relates to drugs. I assure you, there are 7 others in our unit that fight this crap full time, and 80 (give or take) that fight this stuff as much as they can when they are not taking calls for service (county and city). It's like holding back a title wave, but if you let don't hold it back, they will absolutely TAKE OVER. As bad as some may think it is already, I assure you, it could be a whole lot worse. Next time you talk to a Jackson resident, ask them. They can tell you first hand!!
NarcUnit commented at 2/4/2010 9:45:00 PM:
You'll have to excuse the typos and missing words. I was in a hurry..
skintback commented at 2/5/2010 3:20:00 PM:
whats wrong with weed man,cmon man,nothin wrong with weed man i mean cmon man,man,man!!!
Narcunit commented at 2/5/2010 4:18:00 PM:
I don't think you can compare prohabition with the drug trade though. It's somewhat the same theory, I'll go along with that, but the scale of the illegal drug trade far surpasses bootlegging. Follow me on this and if you think it's a little out in left field, I understand.
Let's say that on March 1, 2010 cocaine and marijuana become legal in the US. Let's say I (I'm not a cop in this scenario) scrape up every penny I have in savings, assets, and all and I take $500,000 and go buy all the cocaine I can buy. Right now that would get me about 50 lbs. I can take that, cut it into crack, and make that about 150 lbs of product. Now, I've invested $500,000 and my product is now worth approximately $2,000,000 give or take. Now, once I move my product (and I won't have any trouble moving getting rid of it) I can take my 1.5 million profit reinvest the original $500,000 again and do the same process. So, just in that little scenario, I've made 3 million. I realize there is going to be tax to pay on all that, but still look at the profit margin. Even if competition lowers the selling price, I promise you , the number of people opening up Cocaine/Weed shops would be astronomical. The number of people that would have never tried in a million years (illegally) will let the curiosity kill the cat, and they'll try it. The number of people high on cocaine or weed or whatever will increase a million times over. Would you really want the mechanic fixing your car to be high on cocaine just because it's legal. Would you really want the person fixing your food or handling your food at restaurants to be high on cocaine. Would you really want people in certain jobs being high? If the stuff is ever made legal, I don't care how many businesses change their drug testing policies you will have a vast majority of our society getting high all the time (and sharing the same roads you and I are on by the way). If it's legalized, how could you stop it? Say that it's only legal to possess and use in the privacy of a home? You know that's going to be adhered to right. You'd have bars that offer beer, whiskey, and a cocaine balancer...need I say more on that one. You can't legalize it and still control it. I understand you can hardly control it now, but it would be on an entirely different scale. You'd still have the cartels involved in this too. In my opinion, they'd have even more incentive to be violent and turf controlling. There would only be so many places at the table to deal this stuff. Every city in America would become El Paso, TX. I realize it's a pretty complex issue and there are no simple fixes, but I honestly believe that there are millions upon millions of good, honest people out there who choose not to do drugs just because it's illegal. I believe that if it were ever legalized, a lot of those same people who would have never done it before, might let the curiosity get to them and try it because of it being now legal to do so. So, you would run the risk of creating millions upon millions of addicts, where before you wouldn't have. If legalizing drugs would take care of so many problems, then why do people risk life and limb to get into the US when the stuff is legal and readily available in their country?? That's just my simpleton way of looking at drug legalization.
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