The Mississippi Department of Corrections, Madison Police Department, and Jackson Police Department issued the following press releases and pictures. It was a busy day on the crime-fighting front so they were combined into one post.
JACKSON - Cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, unauthorized footwear, and a stockpile of canteen items were found when Mississippi Department of Corrections officers searched Carroll-Montgomery County Regional Correctional Facility today as part of Operation Zero Tolerance.
The Vaiden facility is the sixth to be searched since Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall instituted the statewide contraband crackdown earlier this month.
Hall, whom the Senate confirmed on Tuesday to head the prison system, said all facilities will be subject to an unannounced shakedown.
“I am determined to see that we eliminate as much contraband as possible for the safety of staff and inmates,” Hall said. “We recognize that inmates alone are not responsible for the illegal items, that staff, visitors, and vendors bring in contraband. During my confirmation hearing, for example, I told how one smuggled cell phone could go for $3,000. But my administration is focused on not only pointing out our challenges but also finding ways to address them.”
K-9 units from both Central Mississippi Correctional Facility and Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman were used to secure the regional facility based in Carroll County so officers from both Institutions and Community Corrections could conduct the search.
Other contraband items at Carroll-Montgomery include cell phone accessories, scales, tattoo kits, tobacco, cigarettes and cigarette lighters, two shanks, and various nuisance contraband, such as necklaces, belts, and medication.
Prison officials suspect that inmates caught with large quantities of canteen are likely engaging in extortion. Inmates caught with contraband face disciplinary action.
Hall has extended the renewed security effort to inmates posting on Facebook and the search of visitors and vendors upon entrance to prison grounds.
The Carroll-Montgomery County facility is one of 15 regional jails in the state prison system. On Thursday, its inmate population was 264; the maximum count is 280.
The five other shakedowns have occurred at Wilkinson County Correctional Facility, East Mississippi Correctional Facility, Marshall County Correctional Facility, Yazoo County Regional Correctional Facility, and Holmes-Humphreys County Regional Correctional Facility.
ON MARCH 29, 2017 AT 1:53PM, AN OFFICER WITH THE CRIMINAL INTERDICTION UNIT OF THE MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT ATTEMPTED A TRAFFIC STOP ON INTERSTATE 55 NORTHBOUND NEAR THE 108 MILE MARKER. THE VEHICLE HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO STOP WAS A GMC VAN REGISTERED OUT OF CALIFORNIA. THE VEHICLE CONTINUED NORTH ON INTERSTATE 55 AND EVENTUALLY PULLED TO THE SHOULDER OF THE ROAD. UPON DOING SO, THE PASSENGER FLED THE SCENE AND WITNESSES OBSERVED HIM RUNNING THROUGH THE PARKING LOT OF L3 COMMUNICATIONS LOCATED IN GLUCKSTADT, MS. THE SUSPECT WAS LATER IDENTIFIED AS RONALD OTTO JOHNSON OF VALLEJO, CALIFORNIA. JOHNSON FLED THE SCENE WITH A BACKPACK AND A F&H HANDGUN. THE OFFICER WAS ABLE TO SECURE THE DRIVER WHO WAS IDENTIFIED AS TORIANO JORDAN OF STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA. ADDITIONAL OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE AREA TO INCLUDE THE MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, RIDGELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT, MISSISSIPPI GAME AND FISH, AND METRO ONE. JOHNSON WAS LOCATED HIDING IN A DUMPSTER ON THE PREMISES OF L3 COMMUNICATIONS. HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT. A K9 FROM THE RIDGELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS UTILIZED TO LOCATE THE BACKPACK WHICH CONTAINED APPROXIMATELY 6 OUNCES OF COCAINE ALONG WITH AN OUNCE OF HIGH GRADE MARIJUANA. WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE K9, THE HANDGUN WAS ALSO LOCATED NEAR THE SCENE WHERE THE BACKPACK WAS RECOVERED. BOTH INDIVIDUALS WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT ALONG WITH THE VEHICLE. AN ADDITIONAL HANDGUN WAS LOCATED IN THE SUSPECT’S VEHICLE ALONG WITH ADDITIONAL MARIJUANA. THE DRIVER TORIANO JORDAN AGE 44 HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE WHILE IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, CONSPIRACY, AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY CONVICTED FELON. THE PASSENGER RONALD OTTO JOHNSON AGE31 HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE WHILE IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, CONSPIRACY, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON, FELONY TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE, AND MISDEMEANOR FLEEING. THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING AND ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE POSSIBLE. THEY WILL HAVE THEIR INITIAL APPEARANCE BEFORE JUDGE DALE DANKS IN THE UPCOMING DAYS. THE SUSPECTS ARE CURRENTLY BEING HELD IN THE MADISON COUNTY JAIL WITH NO BOND.
On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at approx. 9:30 AM, Jackson Police Officers responded to Kolbs’ Cleaners on State St. regarding an auto theft. Upon officers’ arrival, it was learned that a white Ford F-250 had been stolen from this location. A gray Nissan Pathfinder was observed at the scene occupied by at least three unidentified black males. One of the subjects exited the Pathfinder and gained entry into the F-250. Both vehicles were observed leaving the business together.
At approx. 9:35 AM, a Precinct 4 officer observed a gray Nissan Pathfinder matching the description of the suspects’ vehicle near the area of Fortification St. near Whitworth St. There were two unidentified black males occupying the vehicle. Upon the occupants observing the officer’s presence, the driver of the vehicle ran a stop sign and collided with a van. The occupants of the Pathfinder were detained and identified as Michael Evans-33 and Dequante Green-24. Both subjects sustained minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. The driver of the van was also treated for minor injuries. Several items were recovered from the Pathfinder that was linked to stolen Ford F-250 to include a pistol.
At approx. 10:30 AM, the stolen white Ford F-250 was recovered and unoccupied in the area of Jefferson St. which is in close proximity to where the accident occurred. Officers believe there may be at least one other unidentified suspect linked to this incident.
Both Michael Evans and Dequante Green have extensive arrests histories with the Jackson Police Department. They are both currently out of jail, on bond for a series of felony charges. They also had felony warrants for their arrests from other agencies. Upon their release from medical treatment, they could both face auto theft charges and possibly weapons charges as well.
“The citizens of Jackson deserve some relief from Dequante’ Green and Michael Evans.”
-Chief Lee Vance