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MBN makes $1 million cocaine bust

February 12, 2014

For Daily Times Leader

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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