A total of 11 suspects have been taken into custody throughout the metro Jackson area following a major drug bust in Florence last week.
In all, five adults and six juveniles were arrested after the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department received reports of an increase in overdoses over the last few months, leading law enforcement to begin investigating the sale of fentanyl in the area.
According to Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey, several of the suspects were apprehended during the drug bust at a home on Carol Avenue on Thursday morning.
At this time, the adults arrested include:
- Pedro Antonio Martinez Garcia, 18, of Florence
- Jose Fernando Herrera Resendiz, 30, of Ridgeland
- Richard Bryant, 51, of Pelahatchie
- William Vinzant, 50, of Pelahatchie
- Vincent Edwards, Jr., 34, of Tougaloo
Garcia — who was out on bond for the sale of fentanyl and possession of methamphetamine while being in possession of a firearm — is currently facing one count of sale of fentanyl.
Resendiz, a registered sex offender, has been charged with one count of selling cocaine within 1,500 feet of a park and one count of conspiracy to sell cocaine near a park, while Bryant has been charged with three counts of selling meth and one count of conspiracy to sell meth.
Vinzant is expected to be sentenced for one count of selling meth and one count of conspiracy to sell meth, as well as possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and meth and the drug trafficking of ecstasy.
Edwards was arrested in Hinds County and charged with two counts of conspiracy to sell cocaine within 1,500 feet of a park after a search warrant found the felony amount of narcotics at his residence. Authorities also discovered a 12 gauge shotgun that was stolen during a Rankin County house burglary in September 2019.
The identities of the six juveniles in custody have not been released at this time.
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