UPDATE: June 17, 2018, 2:35 p.m. to include image of contents found in suspect’s vehicle.
A Fifty-Six resident was arrested in Mountain View today after an investigation by the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, according to a press release.
The task force — including agent Dammon McGilton and investigator Zach Alexander — had been investigating 41-year-old Dewayne Jay Newman of Fifty-Six after receiving numerous complaints Newman was dealing large amounts of marijuana to residents of Stone County. The marijuana was apparently being sent from California and sold for profit, according to authorities.
The task force arranged for Rick Chrome, a Mountain View police officer, to conduct a traffic stop on Newman on Park Street in the city for a traffic violation.
After further investigation, approximately eight pounds of marijuana and 89 vials of THC vapor were discovered. Agents from the task force also located scales, baggies, and other packaging material that is consistent in the trafficking of marijuana.
The marijuana has a street value of approximately $50,000, according to the release.
Newman is being charged by the 16th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for possession of marijuana with the purpose to deliver over four ounces but less than 25 pounds, a Class C felony; possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to test, analyze, or conceal marijuana, a Class D felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to use marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor.
Newman’s bond was set for $5,000.
In the press release, the task force thanked Stone County Sheriff Lance Bonds and Mountain View Police Chief Bobby Day for their departments assisting in this investigation.
Items found in Newman’s vehicle / Image submitted by authorities
Dewayne Jay Newton / Image via Stone County Sheriff’s Office
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