Local and state police, as well as federal authorities, recognize Hattiesburg as a hub city on a major drug thoroughfare. They patrol Interstate 59, U.S. Highways 49 and 98, and other area roadways aggressively on the lookout for major drug traffickers — and frequently stop and arrest others carrying marijuana and other drugs in the process.
Marijuana possession is by far the most common drug charge, but it should never be underestimated. In Mississippi, conviction for any drug offense brings a six-month driver's license suspension. The other penalties may be more severe than you think, including:
- A fine up to $1,000, up to 6 months in jail and suspension of your drivers license for possession of less than 30 grams of pot in a vehicle
- Fines ranging from several thousand to $1 million and jail time up to 30 years for felony marijuana possession, depending on the amount
- A felony drug charge and potentially lengthy jail time for intent to distribute any amount of marijuana
- Major enhancements that worsen sentences for drug distribution near a school or park, selling to a minor and a range of other circumstances