Rankin County Drug Interdiction Task Force Deputy Seizes 20 Pounds of Methamphetamine on Interstate 20
On Thursday, January 19, 2017, at approximately 9:44 p.m. Rankin County Interstate Interdiction Task Force Deputy John Johnson (Pearl Police Department) made a traffic stop on a silver Nissan Altima on Interstate 20 near Pelahatchie. During the traffic stop the deputy noticed a smell of marijuana coming from inside the passenger area of the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a suitcase containing approximately 20 pounds of Methamphetamine which was located in the trunk of the vehicle. While deputies were placing the driver, Giovanni RAMOS, and passenger, Linda HERNANDEZ, into custody, RAMOS fled from deputies attempting to re-enter the driver’s side of the vehicle but was stopped and taken into custody. A handgun was recovered from inside the driver’s area of the vehicle. Both RAMOS and HERNANDEZ were arrested and transported to the Rankin County Jail and charged with Aggravated Trafficking of Methamphetamine. District Attorney Michael Guest will bring the pair before Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel for an initial appearance. No Bond has been set at this time. The street value of the methamphetamine ice is approximately $260,000.
|Linda Guadalupe HERNANDEZ|
|Giovanni Sepulveda Ramos|