April 16, 2013
George County, MS – Sheriff Dean Howell says the George County K9 Drug Interdiction officer was on routine patrol Monday afternoon at around 15:11 hours when he conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Rockie Allen Musgrove, 35, of Cypress Street in Lucedale. The passenger was not wearing a seatbelt. The passenger identified as Terry Nein Ross, 32 of Mobile, Alabama, and Musgrove were both arrested and charged with possession of crack cocaine and felony possession of marijuana. Ross, when searched was found to have approximately $1,200 in rolls of twenty dollar bills in each of his shoes.
Musgrove has previous convictions for driving with suspended license, contempt of court, trespassing, and petit larceny through the George County Sheriff’s office.
The vehicle was pulled over at the intersections of Highway 98 East and Brushy Creek Road in the Shipman Community of George County, however during the pursuit it became obvious why the driver was reluctant to pull over. During the pursuit, and seen by the interdiction officer, the passenger was throwing items out of the window. Two bags of a green substance, and one bag of what appeared to be crack cocaine out of the window of the moving vehicle were recovered by the backup officer who had arrived on scene..
The George County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force seized the cash and the drugs. Seized drugs are eventually destroyed at the crime lab. Approximately 38 grams of marijuana and 6 grams of cocaine were seized.
The two suspects were transported to George County Regional Jail where they are awaiting initial court appearance.
Sheriff Howell says he is proud of the work his interdiction officer and narcotics task force members continue to do in the fight to eliminate drugs from George County.