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Alleged gang member arrested in Mississippi after being wanted in 3 states

Photo courtesy of Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force

An alleged gang member has been taken into custody after being wanted by officials throughout Mississippi, North Carolina, and Virginia.

James Bearrie Hylton, 30, was arrested at a home on Laser Lane in Carriere by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF) and the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office.

According to police, Hylton was wanted for a Federal Probation Violation from the Middle District of North Carolina stemming from a previous conviction of felon in possession of a firearm.

He was also wanted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for malicious wounding, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

Members of the GCRFTF and Pearl River County Deputies approached the Carriere residence on Tuesday morning before calling for all occupants to exit the home.

Hylton, who is believed to be a “Blood” gang member, was taken into custody without incident shortly after the officers’ arrival. He then provided false information to law enforcement but was ultimately arrested after his identity was confirmed.

During a search of the home, 229 grams of methamphetamine and a .45 caliber firearm was discovered hidden in a trash can.

“Without the assistance of everyone involved in the apprehension of Hylton, we wouldn’t have been able to take this violent fugitive off the streets as quickly or efficiently as we did,” Senior Inspector Jeremy Stilwell stated. “When we put our resources together at the Local, State, and Federal levels we are able to accomplish great things together.”

Additional charges are pending based on items located during the search.

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