Two Mississippi State students found themselves in jail late Tuesday night after officers seized nearly one-fourth of a pound of high grade marijuana from their Holtsinger Street home after acting on a tip from a concerned citizen.
James Brown, 20, of 1650 Country Club Road, Fulton, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Samuel Ethan Flurry, 20, of 150 Kids Cove, Fulton, was charged with simple possession of marijuana.
Brown was released after posting a $5,000 bond Wednesday. Bond information on Flurry could not be confirmed by press time Wednesday.
The two were arrested at the home they share at 46 Holtsinger Street after Starkville Police Department K-9 Officer Bubba Willard and DUI Officer Andy Round went there upon receiving an anonymous tip from someone passing by the home, said Sgt. Steven Gant on Wednesday afternoon.
The caller told police of a strong scent of marijuana in the area around the home about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Gant said.
As Willard and Round approached the home, they also smelled “an intense scent of marijuana coming from the home’s front door,” Gant said. The two knocked on the door and were let into the house to find three young men attempting to conceal marijuana pipes and bongs, Gant said.
Taking the three men into custody, the two officers soon found a “large quantity of high-grade marijuana lying on a bed in multiple packages,” Gant said.
The marijuana weighed between 200 and 250 grams and carries a street value of more than $5,000, Gant said.
Brown and Flurry were subsequently arrested; the third young man, whose name Gant did not make public, was released.
Gant commended the anonymous caller for reporting the marijuana scent to the Police Department.
“We appreciate it when citizens involve themselves in the war on drugs. A simple tip from a passerby who smelled an odor of what was believed to be marijuana led to another felony drug arrest,” Gant said.
Gant urged any resident who suspects illegal drug activity is occurring to contact the Police Department at 323-4131, the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department at 323-2421 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.
Tips given to Crime Stoppers could result in up to a $1,000 reward for the caller if the tip leads an arrest of a suspect in a felony crime.
Tuesday night’s bust was the second sizable marijuana seizure made by Starkville Police within the last three weeks.
On Sept. 7, SPD detectives and patrol officers raided a home on Hummingbird Lane and seized a half-pound of high-grade marijuana in the culmination of an investigation that began in mid-June.
Five young men — including two MSU students — were arrested in connection with that raid.
SPD narcotics detectives are continuing their investigation into other drug activities related to Sept. 7 raid.
Echoing comments he made after the Hummingbird Lane raid, Gant on Wednesday said police are going to continue “taking a proactive stance with all narcotics enforcement.”