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UPDATE: Residents react to growing drug issue in Verona

A major drug bust in Verona has some residents on edge, because of the safety of their children.

Posted: Jul 31, 2018 7:00 PM
Updated: Aug 1, 2018 9:28 AM

VERONA, Miss. (WTVA) - A major drug bust in Verona has some residents on edge, because of the safety of their children.

According to Lee County authorities, it's a growing trend.

"It is known for this type of activity," said Sheriff Jim Johnson. "It saddens me to see the community that I grew up in turn to such criminal activity and a drug-infested area."

An area infested with cocaine, ecstasy and meth, that has caused residents like mother Karmel Davis, to worry.

"Oh, my goodness," said Davis. "It's horrible. It's a horrible thing, and our kids are out here running around trying to play and it's just not safe anymore."

Jarmesha McGaughy is already behind bars charged in the case. Meanwhile, Lee County authorities are still searching for suspect Joseph Fields.

Johnson said in a press conference Monday, that with the knowledge he has of what's going on in Verona, the Lee County Department is overwhelmed.

"We're going to continue our efforts there in that area, and do what we can to clean it up," the sheriff said. "See what we can to bring it back to normalcy."

Davis has lived in Verona for the last three years and has an eight-year-old son. She says caution is always necessary.

"I make sure I'm there with my son, but I'm glad that someone is stepping in to help out."

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Fields, you can contact the Lee County Sheriff's Department at (662)-841-9040.

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