The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit raided the homes of multiple drug traffickers across the area yesterday and arrested ten suspects, including an employees of the Columbus Municipal Court system. Narcotics agents, assisted by uniformed Sheriff’s deputies and US Marshals, began serving arrest warrants in and around Columbus shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday. Led by Narcotics Commander Bobby Grimes, agents split into three teams to search for 17 suspects at multiple locations. The project was the result of nearly a year of undercover work by the narcotics team and targeted several violators who were either low level street dealers or transporters. The 17 named suspects had over 44 various charges against them, primarily for sale of cocaine, marijuana and pharmaceutical drugs.
Narcotics Unit Commander Bobby Grimes stated that although these level drug dealers may not be the primary focus of the Unit, when they receive information on anyone selling drugs in our community, we are going to target them to get them off the street. Among those arrested was Virginia Lynn Watt, a Municipal Court clerk with the City of Columbus since Feb. 2011. Watt was charged with two counts of Sale of A Controlled Substance. Watt was charged after authorities witnessed her assist her husband, Roosevelt Dempsey Davis, transport illegal prescription pills on more than one occasion. Watt was arrested on scene at the municipal court shortly after 8 am. Wednesday and Davis surrendered later that afternoon after learning he was a wanted man.
Rebecca Cobb was arrested by US Marshals in Monroe County for two counts of Deliver of A Controlled Substance to A Correctional Facility. Cobb was found to be in possession of Methamphetamines at the time of her arrest, those charges will be handled by the Monroe County Sheriffs. Among those who surrendered or where arrested were Rickey Watson (Sale of Cocaine, Marijuana, Controlled Substance x2), Jason Douglas Reedy (Sale of Counterfeit Substance x3), Rondal Snider (Sale of Controlled Substance x4, Sale of Marijuana) and Tyrone Clay. Charged, but already in custody for unrelated charges were: Dustin Snider (Possession of Controlled Substance in Correctional Facility), Addine Cobb (Delivery/Possession of Controlled Substance in Correctional Facility x2), Deangelo Monta Sherrod (Sale of A Controlled Substance x2.)
Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge is asking for the public’s help in locating several other suspects in the local drug trade. Anyone with any information on the following supsects should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151, or simply dial 911.
Wanted supects as of 4 p.m Wednesday: Jonathan Deshae Johnson, Lillian Anjenette Martin, Billy Eugene White, Benji Cornell Vaughn, Samuel Liron Edwards, Taracus Holy and James Moore.
Also arrested by the unit on Friday, January 4th was Michael Peeks (Possession of Methamphetamine). Peeks, who is well know to local law enforcement, was reportedly denied bond by a local judge and immediately “fainted” and fell to the floor from the shock. Peeks has a reputation for the dramatic when in custody, including screaming of stomach pain, nausea and dizziness in an attempt to avoid arrests.