Three arrested in months-long investigation of Roxicodone drug distribution in Mississippi

Published 6:45 am Friday, July 5, 2024

Three people have been arrested for distributing large amounts of drugs after a months-long investigation by a Mississippi Special Operations Group.

The Natchez Democrat reports that Agents with the Adams County Special Operations Group seized nine vehicles and thousands of dollars in cash, as well as narcotics with a street value of approximately $20,000.

Sheriff Travis Patten said in a press release that deputies arrested Arthur Grayson of Natchez, Quentin Pollard of St. Francisville, Louisiana, and Alphonse Lewis of St. Francisville in the early morning hours of Wednesday. The three were arrested at Lower Woodville Road and Grove Acres intersection after officers followed them from 721 U.S. 61 South.

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“Agents pulled up while the three men were exchanging 652 Roxicodone tablets,” Patten said.

Agents from the Special Operations Group also recovered $2,727 in U.S. currency and seized two trucks.

After executing a search warrant at 721 U.S. 61 South, agents seized paperwork, a Zosi DVR, a 2018 Ford F-150, a 2015 Ford F-350, a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, a 2006 Honda Goldwing, a 2007 Ford F-150, a 2005 International Rollback, a 2014 International, and $283 in cash.

“This is the third time deputies have executed a search warrant on Arthur Grayson’s residence and arrested him for selling Roxicodone. Grayson was arrested on April 15, 2022, for trafficking Roxicodone and had a Cadillac Escalade truck seized,” the sheriff said.

He said Grayson was also arrested on Jan. 4 for the sale of Roxicodone.

“District Attorney Tim Cotton has been in contact with the Special Operations Group as this case has been progressing. He is also in the process of submitting a motion to revoke Grayson’s bond,” Patten said.

He said Cotton is also working with his deputies on the forfeiture of the property seized in these cases.

Patten said though these suspects are being charged with selling Roxicodone, the pills seized are not pharmaceutical-grade pressed pills.

“These pills contain Fentanyl and who knows what else. These are the kinds of pills that are killing people across the nation. The profit margin on these pills is astronomical. They will cost less than a dollar to produce, and these particular pressed pills are sold as Roxicodone 30 milligrams and can sell for $30 a tablet. This gives the pills seized in this one arrest an approximate street value of $19,560,” the sheriff said.