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NEMiss.News Bogue and McCammon arrested


An odd-ball series of crimes in five or more north Mississippi counties required attention from several law enforcement agencies during the first two weeks of March.

Two individuals are in custody on a variety of felony charges. Apparently, the two individuals know one another, but it is unclear whether they were working together. One may simply have been a victim of the other. The known facts raise questions about whether the two miscreants were dim-witted, chemically impaired or just somehow lacked the skills required for a successful life in crime.

The twisted tale goes like this:

NEMiss.News Kenneth Bogue

Kenneth Bogue

Thursday, March 2, Marshall County

On Thursday, March 2, Kenneth Bogue, Jr. appeared before Third District Circuit Court Judge Kent Smith in Holly Springs, Marshall County. Bogue had been convicted in Judge Smith’s court at an earlier date, and the purpose of the March 2 hearing was for sentencing.

  • Judge Smith sentenced Bogue to 20 years in the Department of Corrections (DOC).
  • But, then Smith suspended the sentence, allowing Bogue a form of “house arrest” that gave Bogue limited freedom of movement while wearing an electronic tracking bracelet on his ankle.
  • The deal was that if Bogue got in trouble, the court would then go ahead and remand him to DOC for his 20 year sentence.
  • A DOC officer locked the tracking bracelet on Bogue’s leg and released him near the Love’s Truck Stop in Holly Springs that same afternoon.

A few hours later – 6:30 p.m, March 2, Union, Panola Counties

  • A 2012 Freightliner truck tractor was stolen from where its owner had parked it near the Walmart in Holly Springs.
  • Later still, on the same March 2, the same Freightliner truck tractor was seen at some storage units in Etta in Union County. Someone had broken into the storage units. Union County deputies, when they reviewed the security video at the Etta facility, spotted the Freightliner on the video.
  • Law enforcement officers had begun to suspect Bogue had stolen the truck, but did not know for sure at that point. Data from the tracking bracelet showed Bogue had gone to Batesville in Panola County.
  • It was later learned that Bogue had cut the tracking bracelet from his leg. It was found in a road ditch in Panola County.

It was, indeed, Bogue driving the Freightliner spotted in Etta, and:

  • A short distance from Etta, near Highway 349 and Highway 30, Bogue spotted an empty 48-foot 2019 Great Dane flatbed trailer sitting near the road.
  • He hooked the flatbed to the stolen Freightliner and stole the Great Dane trailer, too.

One might say Bogue was on a  pretty good roll for a small-time player in the tricky game of larceny.

Friday night, March 3, Benton County

The next night, Friday March 3, law officers spotted the Great Dane trailer parked at Christy’s Truck Stop in Hickory Flat in Benton County. They recovered the trailer.

Tuesday, March 7, Union County

Four days later, Tuesday March 7, someone spotted a Freightliner truck tractor on a side road near the Myrtle-Poolville Road. It was stuck in the mud and out of fuel.

NEMiss.News Tindall McCammon

Tindall McCammon

Wednesday March 8, Union County

The next day, Wednesday March 8, a Union County deputy spied a blue Toyota pickup with an expired license tag. The deputy made a traffic stop. The driver of the pickup was Tindall McCammon, age 51.

  • The deputy discovered McCammon was in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine, and may have been impaired.
  • He also had in his possession a handgun, and was a convicted felon.
  • McCammon was arrested and booked into the Union County jail.

A female passenger was with McCammon when he was stopped. The deputy determined that she was not impaired, so allowed her, with McCammon’s permission, to leave with the blue Toyota pickup. A warrant was secured for a search of McCammon’s home. A much larger amount of methamphetamine was found at the home, enough that McCammon faces charges of trafficking, as well as simple possession.

Thursday, March 9, Tippah County

The Union County Sheriff’s office got a call the next morning, Thursday, March 9, saying that Bogue was at McCammon’s residence at 1152 County Road 50. The report said Bogue was now driving McCammon’s blue Toyota pickup and that he was loading items, including an all-terrain vehicle, onto a trailer. This while McCammon himself was locked snugly away in the Union County Jail.

Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards NEMiss.News

Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards

A number of officers, including Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards, sped to the McCammon residence on County Road 50. Edwards spotted Bogue in McCammon’s pickup and gave pursuit. It was raining heavily, and Bogue drove at high speed through a construction site, trying to evade Edwards. When the sheriff slowed up to avoid the possibility of injuring a construction worker, he lost sight of the blue pickup. Edwards and other officers continued searching for Bogue on several roads in that part of the county.

Edwards spotted Bogue again on Highway 2 headed toward Blue Mountain in Tippah County. The sheriff pursued Bogue east on Highway 2 and met a westbound Mississippi Highway patrolman, who turned around and followed Edwards in the pursuit.  Tippah County sheriff’s officers also joined the pursuit.

Finally, Bogue abandoned the Toyota pickup near the Hell Creek Wildlife Management area and fled on foot. Officers of  the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks joined the search. Bogue was found cowering in the weeds a few hundred feet from the Toyota pickup and was arrested by Sheriff Edwards.

In the Jailhouse Now

As fortune would have it, Circuit Judge Kent Smith was holding court at the Union County Courthouse in New Albany that week. It was therefore convenient for the sheriff to march Bogue before Judge Smith in New Albany. Smith immediately remanded Bogue to the Mississippi Department of Corrections to begin serving the 20-years prison term to which Smith had sentenced him on March 2.

McCammon will face charges for drug trafficking and felon in possession of a firearm.

As for Bogue, he could face grand larceny charges for stealing the Freightliner, the flatbed trailer, McCammon’s Toyota pickup; that’s up to the District Attorney and a grand jury. First, of course, is that twenty years he owes Judge Smith.

Several thousand dollars worth of meth is off the streets, and two veterans of the criminal justice system have stumbled into jail yet again.

Sheriff Edwards, reflecting on the events involving Bogue and McCammon, recalled a favorite quote from John Wayne: “Life is tough. It’s even tougher if you’re stupid.”

New Albany police have arrested a person they consider one of the area’s more prolific drug dealers and charged him with trafficking in methamphetamine.

Officers formally charged Jeremy Perkins, 41, this past Monday, although the offense occurred several weeks ago.

Narcotics investigator Kevin Johnson said officers were involved in unrelated surveillance at the Hallmarc Inn. “We happened up on him,” Johnson said, “and watched him do a deal or two.”

When Perkins left, the officers performed a traffic stop on the suspect and he gave consent to search the room.

Officers found 70 grams of methamphetamine there. Having more than 30 grams brings the more serious trafficking charge as opposed to sale or possession.

His bond was set at $50,000.

Johnson said more charges are pending because Perkins also had 70 grams of methamphetamine in his possession when he was stopped. He had a handgun as well, which means another charge because he is a convicted felon.

NEMiss.News Walmart robbery security video


Investigation continues into the armed robbery of the New Albany Wal-Mart store Tuesday morning.

Police Chief Chris Robertson said warrants have been issued for two suspects but he has been unable to serve them. The suspects apparently are in federal custody in the Memphis area.

They are reportedly also suspects in a string of robberies in the Tennessee area as well as North Mississippi.

A lone black male wearing a hoodie and surgical mask apparently approached a service desk employee, produced a handgun and demanded money at the New Albany store. The suspect left without incident and was said to get in a waiting vehicle.

A description of the vehicle was broadcast and a tip led to officers finding it at a Shell gas station at Holly Springs. Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputies and FBI agents took the two into custody. The money and a weapon were recovered.

They have not been returned to Union County.


Chief Robertson reported two other felony arrests this week.

Drug arrest

Christopher DeCanter

Officers made a traffic stop on Collins Street about 6 p.m. Wednesday and found Christopher DeCanter,  23, of 1301 CR 197 Blue Springs apparently driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Robertson said officers found a meth pipe in DeCanter’s pocket and also found two small plastic bags containing what appeared to be meth. Narcotics officers arrived on the scene and performed field tests to confirm the drug.

DeCanter is charged with driving under the influence first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.

Outstanding felony suspect apprehended

Ryan Hearn

In the second case, officers were called to 304 Reeves Street about midnight Tuesday for a disturbance. There they found Ryan Hearn, 29, no address given, who was reported to have several outstanding felony warrants.

He was charged with sale of marijuana, sale of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and resisting arrest.

NEMiss.News Crime Scene

The Union County Sheriff’s Department canine, Caesar, has already aided in several county and city drug arrests after only being on the job a few weeks.

Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said Caesar contributed to seizing nearly an ounce of methamphetamine late Sunday night.

“About midnight they made a traffic stop on County Road 88 at Hwy. 15,” Edwards said.

David Nichols Jr.

The vehicle was occupied by David Nichols Jr., 45, of Blue Springs. Nichols’ behavior led to having the canine check the vehicle and the sheriff said the dog did alert. That’s when officers found the methamphetamine, valued at about $2,500.

Nichols, who the sheriff said has a history of drug and alcohol charges, has been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell or distribute, and with fourth offense driving under the influence, which is also a felony.

Depending on the final amount of drug, conviction for the meth can bring from three to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or more. A third offense DUI is a felony and for a fourth Nichols could be sentenced to two to 10 years.

Nichols’ bond had not been set late Monday.

“Our canine was called out on the city last week and alerted and got meth so he has several felony arrests already,” Edwards said. “I think he’s going to be a very valuable asset.”

The sheriff said while the price of methamphetamine went down for a while when availability was good, that has changed. “It got cheap but now it has gone back up,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s COVID or a lot of interdiction units across the U. S. making some pretty good licks. It may be part of the wall being finished.”

It’s also more difficult for the average person to acquire the components needed to manufacture meth on a small scale.

Caesar is a specially-trained Belgian Malanois purchased and trained at a cost of about $11,000, but paid for with seized drug funds and not any taxpayer expense. He routinely works with his handler, deputy Chris Whiteside.

New Albany, MS- New Albany Police Department (NAPD)  officers  arrested two drug traffickers, who possessed a large quantity of crystal meth (methamphetamine), Saturday night, Nov. 12.

The initial stop, for a traffic violation on I-22, was made by a NAPD officer with a canine unit at about 10 p.m. Saturday.

While questioning the car’s driver and a second occupant, the NAPD officer became suspicious, and the vehicle was further investigated by law officers and the drug-trained dog.

Officers and the dog discovered almost three pounds of meth hidden in the motor vehicle, all carefully wrapped in plastic.

Arrested men are both from Georgia

Arrested were Jose Camach Taboada of Roswell, GA, and Salvador Corona Martinez of Marietta, GA. Both are 26 years of age. NAPD Chief Chris Robertson said Toboada and Martinez were believed to be transporting the three pounds of meth from near the Mexican border, for sale in the U.S. to retail-level drug pushers.


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Police charged both Taboada and Martiniz with “aggravated” crystal methamphetamine distribution. Aggravated distribution is a capital felony, which carries a prison term of 25 years to life. Bond was set at $100,000 each. Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards says he is still holding both in the Union County Jail as of late Tuesday afternoon, neither having posted bail.

The United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has said, “Prices [of meth] vary throughout the United States. On the distribution level it can range from $3,500 per pound, in parts of California and Texas, to $21,000 per pound  in the southeastern and northeastern regions of the country. The retail price for methamphetamine ranges from $400 to $3,000 per ounce.”

Assuming a moderate southeastern U.S. street value of $2,000 per ounce,  the NAPD seized about $100,000 worth of the drug in the Saturday night bust on I-22.

Chief Robertson said is the largest seizure of methamphetamine his department has made.

“You can’t hardly save a man from himself.” –Union County Sheriff, Jimmy Edwards

Chalk, Chrissy, Christmas tree, Crank, Crystal, Glass, Ice, Meth, Speed, Tina, Tweak, Uppers, etc.  No matter what name you use, Methamphetamine is a serious and growing problem for our community, our state and our nation. Chances are, if your life hasn’t been affected by a crystal meth addict yet, it will be. They are your neighbors, coworkers, fellow church members, your spouse or, sadly, maybe even your children.

Where is the methamphetamine problem?

Current estimates are that there are over 1.4 million people in the U.S. using and abusing methamphetamine on a regular basis. That number is steadily and rapidly climbing, and our community is no exception to those statistics, according to Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards.

“We made more than 250 arrests for methamphetamine during my first four years as sheriff,” said Edwards. ” In January of 2016 alone, we made eight felony arrests for meth.”

Perhaps the most striking thing about the methamphetamine crisis in America can be seen by looking at a single map: Unlike most illicit drugs, meth isn’t primarily a big city problem.

Do you live near a meth lab? Check out this interactive map. Hover over your county for information on meth labs reported in your immediate area.  http://money.cnn.com/interactive/news/meth-lab-map/

The map link above shows where meth labs have been identified and seized between 2004 and 2012. Indiana, Tennessee, and Missouri have the highest rates of lab incidence on the map, but more recent changes in the laws of those states moved a significant number of those labs into Mississippi.

Historically, most illicit drugs have been associated with urban life.  Meth is completely different: It began as a largely rural problem, consumed mostly by white working-class Americans  in the West, Midwest, Southwest and the South. However, in our community and others, law enforcement has recently noted a significant increase of methamphetamine usage among blacks, as well as in higher socio-economic levels.

  • Three percent of high school students have used crystal meth within the last 12 months.
  • Nearly five percent of 12th graders across America have tried meth at least once over the course of their lives.
  • Crystal meth addictions tend to plague the younger populations, with the National Institute on Drug Abuse finding 1.2 percent of eighth graders, 1.6% of tenth graders and 1.0% of twelfth graders abusing methamphetamines.
Approx $2,500 street value Chrystal meth

Approx $2,500 street value crystal meth

New Albany Chief of Police, Chris Robertson says, “It used to be a drug for low-income white males. Now it’s become more of a problem in the black community. Now it’s not just in the lower economic groups.”

Overall, stringent control of pseudoephedrine in the US has somewhat reduced the number of “homegrown” labs in this country, but Mexican drug cartels now produce huge quantities of methamphetamine for smuggling across our borders.

Chief Robertson agrees that imported methamphetamine has become the larger problem:

The money found hidden inside walls, suitcases and closets in one of Mexico City's wealthiest neighborhoods came from the profits of methamphetamines sold in the United States, [DEA chief Karen Tandy] said, March 2007

Over $207 million was found hidden inside walls, suitcases and closets in one of Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods came from the profits of methamphetamines sold in the United States, DEA Chief Karen Tandy said, March 2007.

“We thought it would cure the problem when we made it so you had to get a prescription or furnish identification to purchase Sudafed. Actually, it got worse. It cut down on the local manufacturing, but meth started coming in cheaper and in larger quantities from Mexico.”

Meth users’ downward spiral

It is hard for many people to understand the growing numbers who continue to be sucked into the methamphetamine whirlpool. The fact is, though, that many get taken in during their teen years, when they are prone to experimentation and peer pressure. Meth is commonly used as a “club drug” and as a “stay awake aide” and  has the ability to rapidly take over a life. First contact with the drug’s effects may come through use of “diverted” prescription drugs for treating attention deficit disorder (ADD) or assisting with weight loss, but methamphetamine is most commonly abused in its illicit form, taken orally, injected, snorted or smoked.

 Snorting or swallowing meth produces euphoria — a high, but not a rush. Immediately after smoking or injection, the user experiences an intense sensation, called a “rush” or “flash,” that lasts only a few minutes and is described as extremely pleasurable.

The much sought after “rush” brings pleasurable feelings of well-being, confidence, wakefulness and energy. The stimulant effects generally last six to eight hours, but can be sustained for up to 12 hours, as compared to only minutes with crack cocaine. Users may remain awake for days, often without eating, and may push their body too fast and too far. As the effects begin to wear off, users may seek other drugs, like cocaine or heroin, in an effort to buffer or forestall the “crash” after the drug high. This is the period where users may be “tweaking,” exhibiting violence, delusions, paranoia, etc. The tweaking period is the part of the cycle where the user may be most dangerous to others.

There are three categories of meth abuse. Being at any level of methamphetamine abuse puts the user in danger of falling to the next level.

  • Low Intensity meth abuse: Low intensity abusers swallow or snort meth. They want the extra stimulation methamphetamine provides so they can stay awake long enough to finish a task or a job, or they want the appetite-suppressant effect to lose weight.
  • Binge meth abuse: Binge users smoke meth or inject it with a needle. This allows them to receive a more intense dose of the drug and experience a stronger “rush” that is psychologically addictive.
  • High Intensity meth abuse: The high intensity abusers are the addicts, often called “speed freaks.” Their whole existence focuses on preventing the “crash,” that painful letdown after the drug high. In order to achieve the desired “rush” from the meth, they must take more and more of it.

Sheriff Edwards sums up what many experts believe to be true: “The ones that shoot up meth never recover.”

Costs of methamphetamine abuse

Directly or indirectly, every community is affected by drug abuse and addiction, as is every family.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) estimates that abuse of all drugs cost the US economy $180 billion in 2002. Approximately $16 billion of the cost is attributed to health care, $30 billion to crime, and the remainder ($134 billion) to reduced productivity. Methamphetamine is the second most abused drug, behind marijuana, and is of particular concern due to the rapid increase in its use and the fact that, unlike marijuana, it causes substantial amounts of crime as addicts seek more and more drugs to sustain longer and longer highs.

Because of the difficulty in managing detailed evaluations of the costs of individual drugs of abuse, there are few highly current statistics available  documenting the costs of meth abuse. It was estimated that meth use cost the US $23.4 billion in 2005 alone. Because of the difficulty in assembling costs associated with morbidity and mortality, criminal justice and social welfare services, environmental clean up of poisonous toxic waste from methamphetamine chemical production, and most significantly lost productivity, other estimates for 2005 alone ranged to $48.3 billion.

At the local level, Sheriff Edwards states that,” At any one time, about ten percent of the 80+ inmates in the Union County jail are for methamphetamine.”

The Sheriff quotes the cost of housing an inmate in the county jail at $40-$45 per day. Using an average daily rate of $42.50, that translates to over $124,000 of Union County taxpayer money each year in incarceration costs alone.

In contrast to health costs, which are primarily private, criminal behavior has largely social (public) costs. In addition to law enforcement and health care costs, other social problems influenced by drug abuse include drugged driving, violence, stress, child abuse/neglect, homelessness, and workplace productivity, etc.  According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the public cost to society of drug-related crime is nearly twice the private cost of drug-related health problems.

Signs and symptoms of meth abuse

MethamphetamineMethamphetamine is believed to be the second most abused drug, after marijuana. Though not the number one drug that is abused in most countries, it is one of the most addictive and one of the most destructive. It’s important that parents and other family members are able to tell when someone they care about is abusing methamphetamine.

Meth is most often a white to light brown crystalline powder. It may also be found in clear chunky crystals that resemble broken pieces of ice or shards of glass. Methamphetamine can be found in liquid form as well.

You may find small bags of white powder or crystals or syringes. Other items that could be left behind after meth abuse are small pieces of crumpled aluminum foil, soda cans with a hole in the side, small drinking straws or the shafts of inexpensive ball-point pens that might be used to snort the drug.

Users may exhibit agitation, paranoia, delusions and unsubstantiated fears. Users like to “tinker” with things, constructing and deconstructing objects, taking things apart for “repairs” or “improvements” that are never completed, etc.  Abusers may experience “Meth bugs” or the sensation of bugs crawling underneath the skin.

Eating disorders are common for crystal meth users, due to malnutrition, body dysmorphia and appetite loss common to methamphetamine use.

Personal hygiene habits may begin to deteriorate. Over the long-haul, users may develop noticeable oral and/or dental problems, commonly known as “meth mouth”.

You are probably an addict if you:

  • Think about using the drug all of the time
  • Feel a deep longing to take the drug
  • Find it hard to stop using the drug, even for a day
  • Want to stop using, but feel unable to do so

If you or someone you care about needs more information or help, you can find it locally here:

http://www.msncadd.net/ or call 662.841.0403