Monday, May 8, 2017

Heroin bust on I-20

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

Rankin County Drug Interdiction Task Force Deputy Seizes 9.2 Pounds of Heroin on Interstate 20

On Sunday May 7, 2017 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Rankin County Interstate Interdiction Task Force Deputy Robbie Sanders conducted a traffic stop on a White Nissan Versa on Interstate 20 for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop the deputy suspected the vehicle was transporting drugs and/or contraband. A consensual search exposed 9.2 pounds of heroin concealed inside the vehicle. The driver, Ashley Ann SILVA, and passenger, Avanna Ann SILVA, were placed under arrest for aggravated trafficking of heroin and transported to the Rankin County Jail. District Attorney Michael Guest will bring the two before Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel for an initial appearance. No Bond has been set at this time. The wholesale street value of the heroin is approximately $225,000.00. 


Anonymous said...

Great Job!

PittPanther said...

The Silva sisters are YUMMY. I might have to put money on their prison commissary accounts.

Anonymous said...

Grateful everytime this stuff is confiscated. Thanks to Officers.

Anonymous said...

Is there a reason their last names are in all caps?

Anonymous said...

Just legalize this stuff already - Darwin will take care of the rest.

Whoathunkit said...

Hispanics huh? I guess you cant call it profiling when they pull you over when it seems to be the reoccurring theme of I20 drug busts.

Great job ICE guys.

Plain ol' Catfish said...

It doesn't pay to mule. Hope they enjoy their time in Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

"Is there a reason their last names are in all caps?"

Is there a reason you make one last name plural? The two have the same last name so the rule is 'name is', not 'names are'.

Two stupid questions. Yours followed by mine.

Anonymous said...

I would suspect that Rankin County might be tipped off on these mules. They make too many hits on I20. If I were a drug dealer and just made a sale, it would be to my advantage to tip off law enforcement to the route the drugs were being transported. That way the dealer would get to sell the same drug order a second time or a third time and on and on. If this theory is correct I'm all for it.

Anonymous said...

Plate readers.

Anonymous said...

1:32 - is that how you do it?? 12:49 - Last names are in all caps because the text was most probably copied and pasted from an SO press release, it is common practice for law enforcement to capitalize the entire last name so it can be easily located in an ROI.

Your welcome. (punctuation error intended)

Anonymous said...

If they only had sugar daddies, they would've never gotten involved in this mess.

Anonymous said...

What plates did they have?? I will wait for Ashley Ann to get out of prison so I can marry her. Or can we already do that inside the pen? How can I initiate the visits and all that? I know we either have LEO's or lawyers reading this. help me out here. I'll make sure she never wants for anything AGAIN!!

Anonymous said...

A question for the law enforcement folks who read this blog -- which is more damaging to the drug dealers/smugglers, loss of cash proceeds or loss of product? I know that seizing either is good news, just wondering if one impacts them more than the other, or if its ever been studied....

Anonymous said...

Going to be some black on brown samwich making in jail tonight.

Anonymous said...

3:06. Without a doubt loosing the money hits them worse. They have access to more product. Dope is easier to seize, they are finding new ways to move the cash.

Anonymous said...

It's rather stupid to suggest that every vehicle with a Texas plate is stopped by Pearl PD on I-20. Almost, but not quite, as stupid as expecting me to believe all the times I've read, "The officer suspected there were drugs in the vehicle".

PS: I suspect this is a mother-daughter team of tandem mules rather than two siblings from the same litter.

Cash Me Ousside, How Bou Dah said...

3:06, I'd be more upset over the loss of those tasty biscuits...

Anonymous said...

5:54, you are so right. There's something fishy going on why they always get caught at that same spot.

Anonymous said...

5:54, not quite as stupid as you think. Rent a car with a Texas tag for a week and drive through Rankin on 20 daily. See how many times you get pulled over. Go look at Morton, MS's map (Yes, I know that's in Scott County)...they annexed a single street all the way south to 20 so they could get into the asset forfeiture, I mean, help fight the drug war. These practices are the very definition of highway robbery.

Anonymous said...

We read on here about the stops that result in arrests and drug seizures. Are they that good at spotting criminal activity moving along at 74 miles per hour or are there thousands of stops that result in nothing that we do not read about?

Can Pearl PD tell which vehicles are tuned in to Sirius Spanish Radio? Where do these officers manage to learn the art of sniffing out drugs as soon as they reach the rear bumper? Have you noticed the copy-cat set ups north of Madison in the median? Black SUVs sitting in the middle of the four lane almost every day. Shades of Dirty Harry and little boys who didn't get chosen.

Anonymous said...

@ 3:26 - it's called intelligence and informants and folks have been doing this since Ancient Rome and Sun Tzu. And since you don't have anything better to do at that hour, it sounds like you didn't get chosen for much either -- sorry about your smack.

Anonymous said...

@ 2:51 - Not a LEO, but I would expect cash proceeds.

Think of it like a business - would you rather lose your inventory/cost of goods sold or gross profits?

Anonymous said...

Racial profiling.

Stats bear works.

Imagine how many white guys are running dope down 20 knowing this?

Anonymous said...

Hispanic is not a race, it's an ethnicity.

Anonymous said...


It's called information sharing and profit-sharing among various districts.

or google

"black asphalt"

Anonymous said...

8:23, yes - intelligence led policing, again, this has been going on for years, there's just new technology to support these efforts.....and if illicit profits and contraband are seized, then so be it. Would you rather have cops play "whack-a-mole" or engage in a more efficient, focused allocation of effort and resources? My guess is that you'd complain either way.

Anonymous said...

3:26 AM, a network of plate readers.

Anonymous said...


I have no idea what opinion you were attempting to convey. It was garbled and lacking intelligence.

But, this is a racket made available through asset forfeiture laws that are less than constitutional. Rankin County LEOs, whether county or city, really don't care if someone is driving drugs to be delivered somewhere else. They care about the money associated and the profit-sharing.

Asset forfeiture is the only means by which the Rankin County Sheriff's office can obtain MRAPs without the headache of normal red tape.

One jurisdiction sharing "intelligence" with a jurisdiction in a completely different state on a pick and choose basis, is not Law Enforcement.

The prime motivation is the forfeiture of assets for these departments. Remove that motivation and you have a better sense of what Law Enforcement should be.

Anonymous said...

It would take a bionic man to identify two broads as Hispanic who were cruising at 75 down the internet at night. Try another theory.

Anonymous said...

@ 8:54 if you don't like it here, why don't you move to Colorado or California with the other liberals who thinks drug interdiction is a farce. Or run for a position to pull the guys off the road and let your pot and heroin go free. My guess is you don't have the stones to stand up against it other than a poster on an anonymous blog.

Also, that AMRAP was purchased for $10,000 whole dollars and was used recently as a high water recovery vehicle all over Rankin County.

Please tell me how asset forfeiture is unconstitutional when you are breaking the law, don't worry, I'll wait. Are they a) supposed to lock these things up for you to get once you get out of jail, or b) not arrest you for trafficking drugs?

So, you get upset Rankin County and other municipalities work together and get some money off of some drug dealers who most of the time are working for a Mexican Cartel. Excuse me when I say I wish you could see the "i don't give a rats..." look on my face right now.

Anonymous said...

12:29, 8:54 here - I think you missed the point (and think maybe that I'm the poster at 10:29). I actually like the fact that LE is leveraging technology to be more effective, and that intelligence-based, and behavioral targeting (not profiling - there's a yuuuge difference) is making the best use of limited resources. I know a bunch of folks that work interdiction, and respect the fact that it is some of the most dangerous work you can do as a LEO.

Anonymous said...


I'm thrilled you waited to understand the Constitution and what the terms Rights and Freedom means.

The 4th amendment supposed enumerates a God-given right against illegal searches AND seizures. Seizure of personal property for people "accused" of a crime under the guise that it helped the crime or will further the crime is a leap.

People have items taken from them and, with no charges, have to either pay, give up part of or go through a lengthy process to regain part of their seized property.

People in MS and other states have been stopped by the drug interdiction task forces and the only thing found was loads of cash. The cash was suspected of being proceeds from drugs but no proof. Drug dealers will not go calling for the cash because they get implicated in their other wrong-doing.

If you can honestly state that an officer parked in the middle of the interstate, who has no authority to run radar, legitimately is looking for someone who didn't use their blinker when changing lanes, etc just "happens" to suspect that car as containing money or drugs, then you are just stupid.

How many of those "arrested" and relived of their drugs/money are prosecuted, without plea bargain, and remain in jail for any length of time?

Using the fallacy that the ends justifies the means is why this country has lost it's foundation in freedom.

Nunn Yabidnez said...

Unrelated but interesting. There was a case in Arkansas some years ago where a sheriff's deputy working interdiction helped himself to a portion of a cash seizure. During the deputy's trial, the guy who packed the cash in the car was called as a prosecution witness to attest to the difference between his cartel boss' ledger and the evidence form. Many times the courier has no idea how much cash is in the car...

I agree with 2:23, there needs to be due process - hopefully with all of the seizures being tracked, the "roadside adjudications" will stop.

Anonymous said...

I have been driving though pearl on 20 every day for 2+ weeks in a rental with Texas plates and I haven't been stopped once.....

Anonymous said...

11:22 - Maybe it's because they know you're a 'local commuter'. Reckon?

Anonymous said...


That's because knights of the black asphalt in other states haven't seen you nor has a cartel provided information that you are carrying drugs/money as a "donation."

Anonymous said...

"If you can honestly state that an officer parked in the middle of the interstate, who has no authority to run radar..."

Stop right there and tell us which of these jurisdictions you speak of doesn't have the authority to run radar. Pearl does. Jackson does. Ridgeland does. Madison does. Brandon does. Clinton does.

Anonymous said...

Madison County Sheriff does not.

Rankin County Sheriff does not.

Hinds County Sheriff does not.

Now, if you were paying any attention, you would have read that a Rankin County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on I-20 for a traffic violation.

Also, if you have paid any attention, you would have seen Rankin County deputies parked in the median on I-20 and Madison County deputies parked in the median on I-55.

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