By Steve Rogers/The Packet
A busy three-hour period Tuesday results in drug charges against three Lowndes County residents, including two who are no strangers to jail.
It started at about 5 p.m. when Lowndes County Drug Task Force agents served a search warrant on a room at the Riverchase Inn on Military Road near Highway 82.
Mindy Wiles, 37, of Columbus, was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Drug agents had received information she was selling drugs out of the hotel room, but they say they didn’t find enough evidence to charge her with trafficking.
Wiles’ arrest record dates back to at least 2004 and ranges from drugs to aggravated assault. She’s been convicted previously on meth-related charges.
Just a few minutes later not far away on Military Road near Lowe’s, 33-year-old Dustin Snider, of Columbus, was charged with possession of morphine and possession of drug needles after a traffic stop by the Mississippi Highway Patrol and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
Snider also is no stranger to drug charges.
According to jail and court records, he was arrested in 2010, convicted and placed on probation in 2013, violated that probation, and sent back to the Department of Corrections in March of last year.
At about 8 p.m. on Highway 182, Columbus Police stopped 28-year-old Jarvis Morton for having a headlight out on his car. Officers smelled marijuana coming from the car and discovered a misdemeanor amount of the illegal drug during a search of the vehicle.
Officers also confiscated $1,500 they suspect was linked to the marijuana.