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Smith County Sheriff’s Department warns parents of drugs disguised as candy or vitamins

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Ecstasy pills (photo from Smith County Sheriff)

Smith County Sheriff’s deputies made an arrest recently for possession of a drug that looked more like candy than an illegal substance. The pills were emblazoned with the face of a popular cartoon character.

The drug, ecstasy, is often produced to be appealing to young teenagers, deputies say. The often bright-colored pills come in all kinds of shapes and designs and are frequently imprinted with logos and cartoon faces.

(photo from Smith County Sheriff)

Often, the pills are indistinguishable from candy or chewable vitamins, reports WLBT.

Ecstasy, often called Molly, is a synthetic drug (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine or MDMA) that alters mood and perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions), according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens, producing feelings of increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth, and distorted sensory and time perception.

 

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Vicksburg Police arrest two juveniles for auto burglary and shots fired; incident report for Feb. 22 to Feb. 23

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Officers with the Vicksburg Police Department arrested two juveniles on charges of attempted auto burglary and shots fired on Saturday.

Police were called to the El Paso Mexican Grill (3419 Pemberton Square Blvd.) on a shots-fired call on Feb. 22, at 8:30 p.m. The complainant said he caught the two juveniles trying to break into his car.

They ran toward the mall and fired three shots as they ran away.

Police arrested both juveniles, and they are currently in the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center.

Vicksburg Police responded to two calls of auto burglary on Sunday, Feb. 23.

  • At 8:16 a.m., officers responded to an address in the 600 block of Belva Drive where the victim stated someone went into her 2005 Toyota Camry and stole a Tommy Hilfiger Bag containing $600 cash, social security cards and birth certificates. The vehicle had been left unlocked.
  • At 8:20 a.m., officers responded to Ameristar Casino, 4146 Washington St., where the victim stated that someone stole his state tax refund check out of his vehicle.

Vicksburg Police officers also responded to three calls of shots fired from Friday, Feb. 21 to Sunday, Feb. 23. Officers found no evidence of shots fired at any of the calls.

  • Friday at 8:39 p.m., officers responded to the area of Rosedown and Alma streets.
  • Sunday at 3:30 a.m., officers responded to the area of Fayette and Locust streets.
  • Sunday at 3:37 p.m., officer responded to the 7000 block of Farmer Street.

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Vicksburg PD has captured third suspect in Feb. 8 Irene Street shooting

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The Vicksburg Police Department has captured Deontre Smith, 19, who was wanted for aggravated assault in connection to a shooting that occurred Feb. 8  on Irene Street in Vicksburg’s Kings community.

Sebastian Davis, 48, was shot once in the lower left abdomen, according to police at the scene, and was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Police arrested Kenan Kenneth Jackson, 17, and Carissa LaShae Branch, 22, the same day as the shooting, charging them both with aggravated assault with a firearm, attempted aggravated assault, shooting into an occupied dwelling and shooting into an unoccupied vehicle.

Kenan Kenneth Jackson and Carissa LaShae Branch (photos via VPD)

Smith will be housed in the Madison County Jail until his initial appearance in Vicksburg Municipal Count on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

 

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Jackson Police issues BOLO for vehicle stolen in carjacking

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A 2018 Chevy Equinox similar to this photo was stolen in a carjacking in Jackson Monday morning.

The Jackson Police Department is asking that all area law enforcement “Be on the Lookout” for a 2018 Black Chevrolet Equinox with Mississippi license plate MAI 2868.

The vehicle was taken in a carjacking in Jackson this morning.

No suspect information was provided.

If you see this vehicle, please call 911.

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