6 Minors and Multiple Adults Arrested After Drug Operation in Florence

Florence, MS:  Fifteen individuals have been apprehended in various locations across the metro Jackson area after a significant drug operation in Florence last week.

A total of fifteen individuals, including nine adults and six minors, have been apprehended following reports of a surge in overdoses in Rankin County. This prompted the local Sheriff’s Department to initiate an investigation into the distribution of fentanyl within the vicinity.

Several suspects were apprehended during a drug bust at a residence on Carol Avenue on Thursday morning, as reported by Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey.

The individuals taken into custody are:

  • Pedro Antonio Martinez Garcia, 18, of Florence
  • Jose Fernando Herrera Resendiz, 30, of Ridgeland
  • Richard Bryant, 51, of Pelahatchie
  • William Vinzant, 50, of Pelahatchie
  • Vincent Edwards, Jr., 34, of Tougaloo

Garcia, who was previously released on bond for charges related to drug possession and firearm possession, is now facing an additional charge of fentanyl sale.

Resendiz, a registered sex offender, is facing charges for selling cocaine near a park and conspiring to sell cocaine in close proximity to a park. Bryant, on the other hand, is facing charges for selling meth and conspiring to sell meth.

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Vinzant is anticipated to receive a sentence for multiple drug-related charges, including selling meth, conspiracy to sell meth, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and meth, and drug trafficking of ecstasy.

The identities of the six minors in custody have not been disclosed yet.

Edwards was taken into custody in Hinds County and is facing charges of conspiracy to sell cocaine near a park. A search warrant executed at his residence uncovered a significant quantity of narcotics. Authorities have also recovered a 12 gauge shotgun that was reported stolen during a house burglary in Rankin County back in September 2019.

Four more individuals were apprehended the next day by officers from the Richland Police Department. They had intercepted drugs that were intended to be distributed to a minor at a nearby school.

Here are the latest individuals who have been arrested:

  • Brooklyn Goss, 21
  • Ayden Broome, 18
  • Mollie McNally, 19
  • Haley Dunlap, 19

Four individuals have been charged with the sale of fentanyl. Broome and McNally are accused of selling the drugs within 1,500 feet of a school, church, or park, as well as conspiracy to sell or distribute. Goss, Broome, and McNally were additionally charged with possession with intent to distribute.

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