Drugs, cash and a high-speed chase – last week’s arrest of a suspected drug trafficker in Haddock had all of that.
Antonio Meshawn Mason, 40, of Milledgeville, was arrested Aug. 10 and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, abandonment of dangerous drugs and fleeing or attempting to elude.
Jones County Sheriff’s Department Investigators Crystal Murphy and Barron Hall recalled Mason’s arrest Aug. 12.
Hall said they received information due to an ongoing investigation that Mason would be coming to Haddock in possession of meth to conduct a drug transaction. He said they knew they were looking for a silver vehicle and Murphy observed the car in a store parking lot.
Murphy said she and JCSO Deputy Kasey Carr planned to follow the car that went in the direction of Bowen Hill Road, but she met it as it came back to stop at the intersection of Highway 22.
Hall said when he and officers with the U.S. Marshal Southeast Regional Task Force attempted to contact Mason, he fled back to Bowen Hill Road, and a high-speed chase resulted in excess of 100 mph.
The investigator said he saw a black plastic bag go out of the window of the car, and he alerted Murphy. She and Carr located the bag, and it contained methamphetamine.
Hall said he and the Marshals were able to box in Mason and force him to the side of the road. He said the suspect then complied and was taken into custody.
The investigator said $21,409 in cash was found inside the car along with a scale and baggies.
Murphy said the amount of meth found in the bag was 4 oz. The trafficking amount of meth is 28 grams.
Hall said the investigation of the case remains ongoing to find others connected to the drug transaction.
Jones County Sheriff Butch Reece commented on the drug arrest in a Facebook post the following day.
“Can’t say it enough folks, keep drugs out of Jones County, and if you can’t, there’s always room here at the jail. Stay safe and have a great day.”