Five arrested on meth charges

Over the past week, deputies with the Union County Sheriff’s Department have arrested five people on methamphetamine charges.
Nathan C. III Swords, 23, 184 Collins Street, Ecru was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with a $25,000 bond.
Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said, “The Ecru Police Department went to his house to talk to him about a burglary and while at his home and upon further investigation, they patted him down and found that he was in possession of meth and arrested him.”
Clifford Hart, 46, 1548 County Road 515, Myrtle, was arrested for possession of paraphernalia and has a Mississippi Department of Corrections hold. Corey Rakestraw, 24, 1548 County Road 515, Myrtle, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with a $25,000 bond.
“We had someone in Myrtle that had some information on Hart and Rakestraw for a while. Clifford was on probation, so we asked his probation officer to go check on him. So he went with our deputies and we went out to their home and found Clifford in possession of paraphernalia and Corey in possession of meth,” said Edwards.
Brent Gray, 30, 1204 County Road 209, Blue Springs, was arrested with two counts of felony child endangerment and his bond is set at $20,000. Amy Allison Gray, 28, 1204 County Road 209, was arrested with two counts of felony child endangerment and possession of methamphetamine. Her bond is set at $45,000.
Edwards said that the sheriff’s department received a call from a lady that thought someone was in her home. When the deputies arrived, they realized that Amy Gray was high on meth. Inside the home, the conditions were deplorable, needles were everywhere, and two little children were living there.
Upon investigation, she was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and felony child endangerment. Her husband, Brent Gray, was in the hospital due to the infection he received from doing meth. When he got released from the hospital, he was charged with felony child endangerment as well.
Edwards said, “Meth is such an addictive drug. In the past month, we have made eight meth arrests; we are trying to cut down on the meth in this area as much as we can. If anyone has any information on anything that would be helpful to us in solving a crime or assisting us with an investigation, please call us.”

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