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Man convicted for drugs, evidence of dog fighting found

42 year-old Ance Payton of Jackson pled guilty yesterday to possessing several illegal drugs with the intent to distribute them.

In 2017, the Jackson Police Department received several complaints from Crime Stoppers and concerned citizens about a home on Plantation Boulevard in Jackson. Law enforcement began an investigation that included physical surveillance. During that time, they saw hand-to-hand transactions and other indicators of drug dealing, so they obtained a search warrant.

When executing that warrant, investigators found hundreds of grams of marijuana, powder cocaine, crack cocaine, and hydrocodone pills. They also found a digital scale and other evidence of drug-distribution activities.

In their search, detectives recovered a revolver, which Payton illegally possessed and evidence of illegal dog fighting, including twelve pit bulls.

Payton will be sentenced on October 18th, and faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $1,250,000 fine.

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