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Drugs Found in Plane Crash Wreckage

WIGGINS, Miss.- The plane crash that injured three people in Stone County Thursday led to a drug bust.

Stone County police found thousands of dollars and multiple bottles of prescription pills in the wreckage.

The three people were taken to Forrest County General Hospital for treatment, but with no life threatening injuries.

Police say they believe the plane was headed to Mobile when it had engine trouble. The plane clipped a tree before its landing and fell just short of Mississippi Highway 29.

Authorities tell the Sun Herald they arrested Jeff Franklin, 43, of Sherman, Texas, on a charge of possession of hydrocodone. Franklin was one of the passengers on the plane.

Franklin and another passenger, 66-year-old Joe Paul Mentesara of Dallas, were treated at Forrest County General Hospital in Hattiesburg and released.

Pilot Jeff Bramblett, a 62-year-old resident of Mesquite, Texas, was hospitalized with head, arm and other injuries.

Investigators said the men told stories that raised suspicions, prompting police to bring in a drug-sniffing dog that found pills in luggage and on the ground.

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