Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release.
On Saturday February 4th, 2017, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Rankin County Interstate Interdiction Task Force Deputy Sanders conducted a traffic stop on a Silver Ford Pickup on Interstate 20 near Pelahatchie for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop the deputy suspected the vehicle was transporting drugs and/or contraband. A consensual search revealed two and one half gallons of liquid methamphetamine concealed in juice containers. The driver Felix Josue COLON-RODRIGUEZ, and passenger Rebacca Lynn WHITING were in the process of being arrested when Felix Josue COLON-RODRIGUEZ ran on foot east on Interstate 20 and into a wooded area. Deputy Sanders detained and secured Rebacca Lynn WHITING, the vehicle and the methamphetamine and radioed for backup. Numerous law enforcement officers responded to the area and searched for RODRIGUEZ but have been unable to locate him.
Rebacca Lynn WHITING was placed under arrest for trafficking of methamphetamine and was transported to the Rankin County Jail. District Attorney Michael Guest will bring her before Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel for an initial appearance. No Bond has been set at this time.
The search for Felix Josue COLON-RODRIGUEZ continues and additional marked and unmarked deputies are in the area searching for him. We are asking the public to please call the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office 601-825-1480 or 911 if they spot him. He was last seen running from the scene wearing gray sweatpants, gray t-shirt and tennis shoes. RODRIGUEZ is a 27 year old male, 5’7” tall and weighs approximately 160lbs. He has brown eyes, black hair and medium complexion. He also has tattoos on the left arm, right hand and left hand. He also has no violent crimes on his criminal history and was not armed. The street value of the methamphetamine is approximately $300,000.00.
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