By Othor Cain
Fulfilling a campaign promise, Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis announced this week his team of deputies made a major drug bust last weekend.
Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call Saturday, June 2, at 328 Wildwood Boulevard. As deputies approached, police dispatch reported that a man was leaving the home in a gray Chevrolet and was headed north on Parks Road.
After a brief pursuit, the car stopped on Gore Road and Aaron Taylor, 26, of Brandon was arrested without incidence. In his possession, deputies found two kilos of cocaine and $2,000 in cash.
Taylor has been charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, domestic violence and several traffic violations.
Lewis said the cocaine that was confiscated had a street value in excess of $100,000. “We are proud of the work that our team is doing and we are even prouder of ridding our streets of this illegal activity and making every citizen in Hinds County feel safe,” Lewis said.
Chief Deputy Chris Picou said when this amount of cocaine is taken off the streets, it means a major source or supplier has been shut down.
“This individual is a substantial drug dealer. To have that much powdered cocaine in his possession at one time is a major deal,” Picou said. “We are talking about $30,000 a kilo, and there were two kilos in his possession, so that’s $60,000 wholesale and well over $100,000 once it hits the streets.”
At press time, Taylor was being held without bond and expected to make his initial court appearance this week.