ONE DRUG BUST LEADS TO ANOTHER
On November 19, 2018, Jones County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division conducted surveillance of a known drug trafficking area where previous undercover narcotics purchase had been made. Robert Aguilar, 27 of Ellisville, was seen and recognized in a vehicle along with two other passengers. Narcotics Investigators were aware Aguilar had an outstanding felony warrant for sale of controlled substance. One of the passengers was identified as Sean Clark, 25 of Laurel, who had prior convictions for sale of controlled substances and is under MDOC supervision. Narcotics Investigators got out with the men at Dollar General in Pendorff and noticed a set of digital scales commonly used in drug activity in plain sight, sitting on the middle console of the vehicle. All three admitted there were illegal drugs in the vehicle (the third passenger was released pending further investigation). Recovered from the vehicle was a handgun, approximately 2 ounces of powder cocaine and approximately 8 pounds of marijuana. Aguilar and Clark were taken into custody on drug related charges. On November 20, 2018, Jones County Sheriff’s Office Investigators executed a search warrant in the area of Paulding Road, known for being a drop off point for illegal narcotics, which was connected to Aguilar. Recovered from the search was another approximate 8 pounds of marijuana (some wrapped as gifts), 3 additional firearms, drug scales and drug packaging material. Several juveniles were at the house when investigators arrived, one was turned over to their parents and two were transported to Jones County Juvenile Detention Center. Parties arrested were Candance Hill, 48 of Ellisville and owner of the residence; Malex Jasper, 18 of Laurel; Logan Myrick, 19 of Laurel; Jackson Short, 20 of Ellisville; and Phillip Clayton, 39 of Ellisville. Drugs and paraphernalia were visible in all rooms throughout the house. The juvenile was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Investigators discovered this juvenile is responsible for distributing drugs to students at several area high schools. Investigators also determined shipments of cocaine and marijuana were regularly received at several addresses in Jones County from the Brownsville, Texas area. Jones County Investigators have been in contact with the U.S. Postal Inspectors and other federal agencies to look into the source. Hill was charged with 3 counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Short, Myrick, and Jasper were charged with Possession of Marijuana – First Offense. Clayton was taken in on a bench warrant. Additional charges and arrests are pending. All will have their initial appearances in Jones County Justice Court on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 1:00pm.