Update: Three suspects identified in raid of gas station near Cathedral School
Published 8:33 pm Wednesday, June 2, 2021
NATCHEZ — Adams County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Group and the Natchez Police Department arrested three men on drug charges after a joint operation at the Shop & Save gas station near Cathedral School on Wednesday.
The Natchez Police Department arrested Xavier Marvel, who was charged with trafficking a schedule I drug.
Police came in contact with Marvel in the parking lot, who was found to be in possession of 79 ecstasy tablets.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office arrested Nasser Alhumasi for possession of schedule I marijuana with intent to distribute and Kennedy Hussain for sale of schedule I marijuana.
According to a news release from ACSO, officers were investigating a call about a subject with an assault rifle at 160 St. Catherine Street and the investigation yielded a 9 mm assault rifle and approximately 2 pounds of high-grade marijuana.
Officers then turned their attention to the Shop & Save gas station at 1 Aldridge St. A search warrant was executed at the store at approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday by officers of Natchez Police Department and Adams County Sheriff’s Office.
During the search, officers seized glass pipes used to smoke methamphetamine, glass pipes used to smoke crack cocaine, digital scales, hundreds of small zip loc bags commonly used to package narcotics, approximately 1 pound of high-grade marijuana and $24,232.00 in U.S. currency.
Officers also closed the Shop & Save store for code violations.
Over the years, law enforcement has received numerous complaints and tips about narcotics being sold illegally at the store, Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten stated in the news release.
“Today that information paid off,” he said. “We hope that these efforts are not in vain and that our citizens demand more from those who serve our community. ACSO and NPD worked hand in hand on this operation. Imagine what can happen if we can get our entire community on board with information sharing on crimes like this and others. We could increase the quality of life for everyone.”
Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson said it was awesome for Natchez and that a lot of undercover investigative work went into the raid. The mayor and law enforcement had a meeting about the raid Tuesday, he said.