Two Ada men were arrested Nov. 29 after Pontotoc County Sheriff’s deputies discovered 496 grams of methamphetamine and other controlled substances in their vehicle during a traffic stop.
Kenneth William Mitchell, 39, and Christopher Nelson Foster, 31, have both been charged with aggravated trafficking in illegal drugs (methamphetamine) and conspiracy, after deputies found methamphetamine and the prescription drugs Xanax and Carisoprodol in their possession, along with $1,931 in cash.
Records indicate the drugs were discovered Nov. 29 during a traffic stop near state Highway 3E and County Road 3640. Deputies report stopping a black Chevrolet SUV pulling a trailer for speeding near the intersection, with Mitchell and Foster inside.
Deputies stated Mitchell appeared to be “sweating and visually shaking” as they spoke with him, adding that he “would not make eye contact with (them) and was very quick to answer” their questions. Deputies also reported “an odd smell coming out of the vehicle.”
Records indicate that an open-air search by a narcotics K9 indicated the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. Deputies removed the men from the vehicle and, during a subsequent search, discovered a large bag containing 496 grams of methamphetamine, multiple plastic baggies, a scale, two syringes, a glass pipe, two bags containing pills, a clear bag with a brown substance and a plastic bag containing a white liquid substance.
Deputies report both men denied knowing anything about the drugs or how they came to be in the vehicle.
“(Mitchell) said that he had just got in the vehicle,” deputies reported. “Both of their stories began to change, and both kept adding to their stories.”
Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian said the arrests are a continuation of his office’s efforts to stem the tide of methamphetamine and other illegal substances flooding into the county.
“(We) use traffic stops, along with a multitude of other efforts, to not only stop the transportation and distribution of drugs but to keep our homes and communities safe,” Christian said. “Traffic stops are a tool used by our deputies that in the long run will affect not only road safety but ... help achieve the overall goal of lowering the burglary rate and stemming other drug-related activities in our county.”
Mitchell and Foster were each released on a $150,000 bond, but Mitchell was arrested again Tuesday, charged with possession of a stolen vehicle in an unrelated matter, and is now being held in the Pontotoc County Justice Center in lieu of a $500,000 bond on that charge.
Court records indicate a misdemeanor warrant was issued Wednesday for Foster’s arrest in connection with a charge of domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor.