January 15, 2009
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Calvin P. Shelton, Jr. and Reginald Shelton were found guilty by a Madison County Jury for possession of approximately 25 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana has a street value of more than $25,000.00.
On February 20, 2006, a Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy noticed that the car one of the brothers was driving could not maintain a single lane and pulled the car over. The deputy conducted a traffic stop and approached the car and asked the driver for his license. The deputy noticed that both occupants were extremely nervous and gave conflicting stories about their travel plans.
The deputy asked the driver, Calvin Shelton, to exit the car.
The deputy observed a large bundle in the front pocket of the driver and asked Shelton about it. Shelton said it was only a small amount of cash. Upon further questioning, the deputy asked Shelton for permission to search his car. Shelton denied the request. Upon his denial, a K-9 unit was walked around the exterior of the car and alerted the deputy to the trunk of the vehicle. The deputy then searched the car and found a duffle bag with 25 pounds of marijuana wrapped in zip lock bags. The Shelton brothers were arrested.
Both brothers had previously been arrested in other states. Calvin Shelton had two arrests in Georgia for drug possession and he also had previously been arrested for child abandonment and for violation of probation. Reginald Shelton had been previously arrested twice for drug possession in Ohio.
Guest stated, “Marijuana is a gateway drug that very often is the beginning of someone’s drug use. Most individuals using marijuana quickly escalate to much more dangerous and addictive drugs that have drastic consequences.”
Guest added, “The Shelton brothers are criminals who have committed crimes in Ohio, Georgia and Mississippi. But their days as career criminals have come to an end at the hands of a Madison County jury.”
Guest sated “I am very proud of the outstanding job of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and Deputy Robbie Sanders in their efforts to help remove people like the Shelton brothers from our society. Every single time we send someone trafficking drugs to jail we send an important message. ”
Sentencing is set for January 20, 2009, in front of Judge William Chapman.