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Officials announced five arrests Tuesday, including two individuals from Starkville and West Point, respectively, in connection with an alleged Oktibbeha County-based cocaine smuggling ring.
Interim Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director Samuel Owens saidn in a MBN release that more arrests are expected in the ongoing investigation, which is code-named "Operation Queen Bee."
Law enforcement officers simultaneously served nine search warrants Feb. 1, leading to the arrests.
Officers arrested 37-year-old Sherita Garth, of Starkville on suspicion of three counts of sale of cocaine and conspiracy to distribute; 57-year-old Debra Walker, of Starkville, on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and running a large-scale gambling operation; 43-year-old Calvin Baskin of West Point, on suspicion of possession of cocaine, possession of MDMA (Molly), conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; 31-year-old Dashiki Townsend, of West Point, on suspicion of possession of cocaine and conspiracy to distribute cocaine; and 39-year-old Timothy Gilliam, of Ecru, on suspicion of possession of cocaine and conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
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