Two arrested on separate trafficking, burglary charges

Times (left) and Stallings

Times (left) and Stallings

By: 
RYAN PHILLIPS
SDN EDITOR

A Starkville woman with a history of drug offenses is in jail after being arrested for trafficking crack cocaine as officers served unrelated warrants on a man for burglary charges.

The Starkville Police Department, along with the U.S. Marshal Task Force, arrested 62-year-old Janet Times on Friday for one felony count of trafficking a controlled substance.

SPD Public Information Officer Brandon Lovelady said investigators were in the process of serving several warrants on burglary and auto theft suspect Lanie Stallings, who has a history of burglary offenses.

According to court documents provided to the Starkville Daily News through a public records request, Times is accused of having 73 grams of crack cocaine at a residence on North Long Street where the warrant was being served.

Times had her initial appearance in Starkville Municipal Court on Friday, where bond was set at $50,000.

She will remain in the Oktibbeha County Jail until she can make bail.

If found guilty of trafficking a controlled substance, Times could face up to 40 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines.

According to Oktibbeha County Circuit Court records, Times pleaded guilty in 2003 to cocaine possession as a second offender. Circuit Court Judge Lee Howard sentenced Times to eight years in prison with five years of post release supervision.

Times also pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in October 2000 and was sentenced to a year in prison with two years post release supervision.

Before Times was charged, investigators were initially serving warrants on the 49-year-old Stallings, of Starkville.

According to affidavits, Stallings is accused of three counts of commercial burglary, one count of residential burglary and one count of felony taking of a motor vehicle.

Two of the commercial burglaries occurred on June 17 on Highway 12 West, while the third was on June 11 on Lindberg Boulevard.

Stallings is also accused of residential burglary on June 15 on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Starkville.

Residential burglary carries up to a 25-year prison sentence, while each count of commercial burglary carries a penalty of up to $10,000 in fines and up to seven years in prison.

As for the felony taking of a motor vehicle, Stallings is accused of stealing a 2004 silver GMC Yukon from Lindbergh Boulevard.

If found guilty of that felony charge, Stallings could face up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

According to Oktibbeha County Circuit Court records, Stallings pleaded guilty to burglary of a dwelling in 2004 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Stallings had his initial appearance in Starkville Municipal Court on Friday, where bond was set at $125,000.

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