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Update: USM student reported missing arrested on drug charges

Faizan Tahir was reported missing on Feb. 3. He was last heard from on Feb. 1 around 9:30 p.m.
Faizan Tahir was reported missing on Feb. 3. He was last heard from on Feb. 1 around 9:30 p.m.

A 24-year-old graduate student at University of Southern Mississippi who was reported missing by his family on Friday was arrested on drug charges.

Faizan Tahir, 24, had not been heard from since Wednesday night, according to the Student Printz, USM’s student newspaper.

The man’s sister, Hiba Tahir, posted on Facebook about 1 p.m. she and her parents had reported him missing to Hattiesburg police.

At 3:40 p.m., Hiba Tahir said on Facebook that Faizan had been found safe.

WDAM-TV reports that Faizan Tahir was arrested Wednesday night or Thursday morning on charges of sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance — ecstasy.

Faizan Tahir was arrested after an investigation by the Hattiesburg Police Department, the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department, the Forrest County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency and a METRO team, WDAM reports, and two others were also arrested in the bust.

Faizan Tahir made a phone call Wednesday about 9:30 p.m., but he did not show up for a lab Thursday morning, so his lab partner got concerned, Hiba Tahir told the Student Printz. Her brother had plans to see a movie with a friend Thursday night but did not show up.

Hiba Tahir posted this on Facebook after she said Faizan had been found: “Thank you all for your kind words to my family during this dark time.”

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @Journalism_J

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