Crime

Man told child to hide his pills and ID card, official says. He still got arrested.

Jefferson Raymond West
Jefferson Raymond West

A man told a child to hide his oxycodone pills and identification card when a deputy pulled him over in a traffic stop, Chief Deputy Don Bass said.

The pills, which weren’t prescribed to him, were in a 14-year-old girl’s purse and the ID card was in her bra, Bass said.

Jefferson Raymond West, 45, was driving at Kiln-Picayune and Firetower roads when a deputy pulled him over on a traffic violation at 8:48 p.m. Tuesday.

What happened next led to charges of felony child abuse, possession of a controlled substance and false identifying information.

West’s wife and their two children were in the vehicle when West gave the deputy “a bad name,” a name that wasn’t his, Bass said.

“That led to suspicions.”

Further investigation at the scene revealed he had instructed his daughter to hide the pills and his ID, Bass said.

“It was intentional. It wasn’t just a mistake,” he said.

“Because the child was in the presence of narcotics, that’s a felony child abuse charge. Child abuse doesn’t have to be beating a child to be child abuse.”

West’s wife was allowed to drive herself and the children home, he said.

Deputies took West to the Hancock County jail. He was being held with no bond pending an initial court appearance.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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