Pheba meth trafficking suspect turns self in

Staff Writer

Three Clay County men who investigators say may be have been bringing Mexican 'Ice,' an almost pure form of crystal meth, into the region via Texas have been arrested.

The last of the three suspects, 36-year-old Marcus Torrell Starks, turned himself in to narcotics agents Monday afternoon after spending more than three days on the run.

The other two, 21-year-old Qudarrius Laquan Brooks and 23-year-old Shaquille Neshawn Wilson were arrested Dec. 12 following an afternoon traffic stop by sheriff's deputies and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents.

Agents tried to serve a search warrant on Starks' residence on Pheba-Beasley Road in western Clay County Thursday night, but he managed to get away. A tracking dog followed him to a residence but he'd apparently already caught a ride and gotten away.

According to a Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics press release, during the search of Starks' residence agents confiscated 106 grams of meth with an estimated street value of $10,620, about $100 a gram.

Starks has been the on the drug agency's radar for about 18 months. Brooks and Wilson are thought to be part of the operation, Sheriff Eddie Scott said, but investigators "still are trying to tie it all together."

Starks is charged with sale of methamphetamine and trafficking in a controlled substance as well as misdemeanor marijuana possession. He will be arraigned in Clay County Justice Court Tuesday.

Starks was arrested in January on three counts of selling a controlled substance. He has been out of jail on bond since.

Brooks and Wilson are charged with possession with intent to distribute. They are out of jail on bond, according to jail records.

"We think this is going to be a pretty big little operation," Scott said.