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Bible With Cocaine Seized at Jail, Sheriff Says

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Staff reports A Corinth woman was arrested Friday for allegedly attempting to deliver a Bible containing cocaine to an inmate, Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell said. Jolona Nicole Lambert, of 54 County Road 192, was arrested by Alcorn County narcotics investigator Adam Rencher on a charge of introduction of contraband into a correctional facility, a […]

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Corinth Felon Charged With Heroin, Xanax, Gun Possession in Tennessee

By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today News Editor A Corinth convicted felon was arrested last week in Jackson, Tenn. after he was allegedly found in possession of heroin, 59 Xanax pills, other drugs and firearms, officials said. Cheron Nicholas Bush, 33, was arrested Feb. 16 after he was seen exiting a vehicle that was reported stolen, […]

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Black Tar Heroin, Various Strains of Fentanyl Hit Alabama. Is Alcorn County Next?

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By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today News Editor As Corinth and Alcorn County law enforcement prepare for a possible increase in heroin and fentanyl, the neighboring states of Alabama and Tennessee have already seen spikes in those substances. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency seized 3,769 grams of heroin in 2015 and 2,067 grams last year compared […]

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Heroin, Fentanyl Crime Lab Submissions Spike in Tennessee

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By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today News Editor The state bureau of investigation in nearby Tennessee saw a notable increase in heroin and fentanyl submissions to crime labs last year, according to the agency. Local law enforcement officials have also expressed concerns that Corinth and Alcorn County could see an increase in heroin and fentanyl. In […]

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Life-Saving Drug Used in Alcorn County Overdoses

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By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today News Editor Alcorn County was among the top 15 counties in Mississippi in terms of the number of times an opioid overdose reversal drug was given in nine months last year, a state report says. Emergency medical services data show that the life-saving drug naloxone was administered 27 times in […]

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Alcorn County Residents Charged With Burglary, Sheriff Says

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Staff reports Two Corinth residents were charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling in connection with an alleged incident Tuesday in Alcorn County, Sheriff Ben Caldwell said. Brandy Leigh Mauney, 37, and Stephen William Hardin, 39, both of County Road 105, were charged with the alleged burglary of a residence on State Highway 350. The […]

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Heroin, Fentanyl Threaten Alcorn County

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By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today News Editor Corinth and Alcorn County law enforcement officials are concerned that the highly potent drug fentanyl could become a problem locally. “That’s going to be something we all deal with in the near future is this epidemic in fentanyl,” said Corinth Police Chief Ralph Dance. “It’s something we’ve all […]

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‘Unusual’ Drug Allocations Target of New DEA Surge

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By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today News Editor Scrutiny will be intensified nationally over the next 45 days on pharmacies and prescribers dispensing unusual or disproportionate amounts of drugs, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday. Alcorn County had 26 drug-poisoning deaths from 2012-2016, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. Of those 26 deaths, nine […]

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100 Pounds of Pot, 450 Doses of Marijuana Wax Seized, MHP Says

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Staff reports A California man was arrested Thursday after more than 100 pounds of marijuana and 450 doses of marijuana wax were allegedly found in the bed of a pickup truck about an hour south of Corinth, the Mississippi Highway Patrol said. George Herbert Stonebreaker, 57, of Paradise, Calif., was stopped for a traffic violation […]

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Sheriff’s Office Makes Meth Arrests, Man Charged With Drug Trafficking

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Staff reports The Alcorn County Sheriff’s Office this week made two separate methamphetamine-related arrests, one of which netted about 60 grams, according to Sheriff Ben Caldwell. The sheriff’s office arrested New Site resident Anthony Scott Merryman, 29, on Monday when he was allegedly found in possession of approximately 60 grams of meth, a sheriff’s office […]

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Drug Rehab Broker Schemes ‘Alarm’ Officials as Opioid Crisis Grips Nation

Staff reports A practice called “ patient brokering” has “alarmed” some members of Congress as the nation confronts the opioid crisis. There have been numerous articles about patient brokers who treat addicts as “commodities” to generate profits, members of a Congressional committee wrote in a July letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human […]

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Are More Female Drug Treatment Beds Needed in Corinth?

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By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today News Editor It will be almost a month before a female bed opens up at a substance abuse treatment facility in Corinth, the director said. Throughout the state, female beds for treatment seem to be in high demand, said Jordan Gibbs, the director of the Chemical Dependency Complex in Corinth. […]

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Former MLB Player Will Share Story of Overcoming Addiction

Former Major League Baseball player Barry Lyons will visit Corinth this week to share his testimony about overcoming addiction with the help of Jesus Christ. Lyons of Ocean Springs will also speak at East Booneville Baptist Church on Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. The public is invited to hear Lyons speak on Thursday at Living Free […]

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No Alcorn County Drug Overdose Deaths Reported to MBN Last Year

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Staff reports There were no drug overdose deaths in Alcorn County reported to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics in 2016, the agency said. Statewide, there were 97 drug overdose deaths reported to MBN. In 2015 there were also no drug overdose deaths in Alcorn County reported to the state bureau of narcotics. There 125 drug […]

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Region IV Provides Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health Services

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An agency that serves Corinth and the surrounding area provided an array of drug, alcohol and mental health services in 2016. Region IV Mental Health Services serves the counties of Alcorn, Tippah, Prentiss, Tishomingo and Desoto. Below is a breakdown of the number of services the agency provided the five-county region in 2016. Mental Health […]

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New Drug Treatment Program in Corinth Offers Clients ‘Another Option’

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By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today News Editor A new drug and alcohol treatment program in Corinth will soon enter its second year. The Region IV Intensive Outpatient Program on Cass Street offers clients a middle ground between residential treatment and regular outpatient services. “I feel like it’s given people another option for treatment,” said Phillip […]

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Sheriff Caldwell Applauds Governor’s Opiod and Heroin Task Force

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By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today News Editor Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell praised Gov. Phil Bryant’s creation of the Opiod and Heroin Study Task Force. In some cases, people get addicted to prescription painkillers and can no longer afford to buy them on the street and then turn to heroin, the sheriff said. Overdoses have […]

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Alcorn County Has ‘Huge’ Drug, Alcohol Addiction Problem, New Program Aims to Help

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Editor’s Note: This is the fourth part in a series of stories on mental health and substance abuse services in Corinth and Alcorn County. By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today News Editor Drug and alcohol addiction is an “astronomical” problem in Alcorn County, and a new program aims to help those who are struggling, an official […]

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