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Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason holds a press conference about an 8-pound marijuana bust.
The Clarion-Ledger

Hinds County Narcotics and Street Crime Officers arrested a woman in a drug bust Tuesday after intercepting 8 pounds of high-grade marijuana.

Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason said officers intercepted a suspicious package, from Sacramento, California, shipped through a “well-known” courier service sent to a Jackson address.

The package containing high-grade marijuana, known as “Kush”, was delivered at 12:53 a.m.to 1253 Wood Village Drive where it was accepted by Shaquita Stoval, 29, Mason said at a Wednesday morning news conference. 

Shaquita Stovall (Photo: Hinds County Sheriff’s Dept.)

According to Mason, officers dressed up as mail couriers to intercept the package worth about $20,000.

“We play both roles, too,” Mason said. “We just want to put all the crooks on notice.”

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Stoval is charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Immediately after her arrest, Hinds County issued a search warrant for the house. The marijuana was found on the property.

Mason said good intelligence and working with other agencies and companies led to the drug bust and he applauded the work of the officers.

“As long as they ship it in, we will grab it out,” Mason said.

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Mason said even if marijuana was legalized in Mississippi, “the war would go on.” 

Mason said about everyone he has locked up is somehow connected to drugs and that it is important to educate people about the dangers of drugs to halt crime.

“It’s going to be an ongoing war, but at least we can slow it down,” Mason said.

“We will continue to fight.”

Stoval is being held at the Hinds County Detention Center without bond.

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