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Year-long drug investigation leads to roundup of six in Greene County

Clockwise from top left, Christine Sumner, Christopher Sumlin, John Smith, Kary Brown, Richard Jones and Matlyn Franks.
Clockwise from top left, Christine Sumner, Christopher Sumlin, John Smith, Kary Brown, Richard Jones and Matlyn Franks. Greene County Sheriff’s Office

Greene County Sheriff’s Office capped a year-long investigation with the arrest of six people believed to have been involved in the sale of controlled substances in the area, Sheriff Stanley McLeod said in a press release on Friday.

The roundup of suspects was conducted Monday. Two of the six people arrested were not part of the investigation, McLeod said, but were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Chief Deputy Brad Warrick led the investigation and obtained warrants based on evidence collected.

“We may not catch all of them but we are definitely setting that goal,” McLeod said, adding that drug abuse is an epidemic not only in Greene County but everywhere.

Arrested in the roundup on Monday were:

▪  Christine Sumner, 55, who was out on bond previously for selling narcotics, charged with six counts of transfer of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a church. Deputies found methamphetamine during the search. Her prior bond was revoked.

▪  Matlyn Franks, 56, charged with two counts of sale of a controlled substance. Franks was serving a sentence of intensive supervision for previous charges of transfer of a controlled substance. Mississippi Department of Corrections has placed a detainer on Matlyn Franks for violation of probation.

▪  Christopher Sumlin (aka C-murder), 36, charged with sale of a controlled substance within 920 feet of a church. Sumlin recently served a sentence in Mississippi Department of Corrections for sale of a controlled substance. He was released on a $10,000 circuit court bond.

▪  Richard Jones, 56, charged with three counts of sale of a controlled substance. Jones was out on bond for charges of sale of a controlled substance when he was arrested. His prior bond was revoked.

Two other suspects that, according to Sheriff McLeod, were not involved in the yearlong investigation but were arrested during the roundup:

▪  Kary Brown, 60, charged with possession of paraphernalia. Brown was released on a $500.00 signature bond.

▪  John Smith, 46, charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. Smith’s previous bond with the Leakesville Police Department for possession of methamphetamine has been revoked.

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