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Drug arrest in Itawamba County

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Updated: 2/20 8:05 pm
FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- An Itawamba County man is behind bars on charges that he attempted to manufacture and sell marijuana from his boat at the Midway Marina.

Joshua Blake was arrested at the marina after investigators received tips about him growing pot.

"What's so good about this arrest here today [Thursday] is that it's a complete community effort," said Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson.

Sheriff Dickinson and his men showed our cameras inside of the boat known as the Sandollar docked at the Midway Marina.

The sheriff says inside the boat is where Blake used a variety of pot growing technology to grow marijuana plants.

"What we retrieved from the boat itself is about a half a pound," said Dickinson.

"From what we've gathered...is that he was starting the plants there on the boat and as they got bigger he would transplant them," he continued.

The sheriff believes Blake sold marijuana from his boat for quite some time.

"We received a letter yesterday that put us on to this,"said Dickinson. 

The Midway Marina sits on the Tenn-Tomm Waterway which the sheriff says is just like an interstate highway. In other words, there's drugs going up
and down it all the time.

"We are very aware of drugs that go up and down our waterway systems. Not just here, but anywhere in the United States. It's the same things as a highway," explained Dickinson.

That's why the sheriff says it's important that citizens who use the waterway report suspicious activities they may see.

"We obviously don't have marine patrol. And, any time that we can get some help in taking somebody off of this waterway connection, that's a win-win," he said. 

Some of the neighbors at the marina said they were shocked to find out that Blake is in custody.
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