On June 17, 2021, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, along with the North Mississippi Narcotics Unit and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics executed a search warrant at 184 CR 643 in Shannon.
Demond Fleming, AKA “Gangsta” was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, crack cocaine with intent to distribute and trafficking Oxycodone. He was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
“This has been over a year long investigation by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and the North Mississippi Narcotics Unit,” said Chief Deputy John Hall. “We received information from several different sources that Fleming was distributing these illegal drugs.”
It is believed the Oxycodone tablets may contain Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent.
“These pills, from this arrest, they have a mark of another type drug but you can tell they’re fake and that’s why we think they have Fentanyl in them,” Hall said. “That’s one of the biggest problems we’ve had, people buying different types of drugs laced with Fentanyl. “A very small amount (Fentanyl) can even absorb though your skin. You don’t have to ingest it.”
Officers wear nitrile gloves when illicit drugs may be present and change them properly when they become contaminated. These laced pills are thought to be fueling an increase in fatal drug overdoses.
Besides the drugs, officers also seized a 9mm caliber handgun, $25,499 in cash, five vehicles and one Polaris ATV side by side. Fleming, 42, remains in the Lee County Jail with a bond set at $100,000.
“He was previously a convicted felon for selling cocaine,” Hall added.
Law Enforcement say more arrests are possible. If you have any information related to this case, please call the NMNU (662) 844-4261 or the LCSD (662) 841-9040.