Two Duck Hill men had their initial appearance on June 16 in Winona Municipal Court for a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance, possesion of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Jason Scott Alexander and Jonathan Minga both went before Judge Alan D. Lancaster for their initial appearance. According to a police report, Winona Police Officer BJ Edwards made a routine traffic stop on the vehicle that Alexander and Minga were in around 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14. After receiving a hit on the vehicle from K-9 Snitch, a search of the car was conducted and methamphetamine, along with marijuana and paraphernalia were found.
Alexander told Lancaster he wishes to hire his own attorney and told the court he wants to be represented by Jimmy Powell. Minga told the court he could not afford his own attorney and public defender Lee Bailey was appointed.
Because Alexander has already been indicted on a similar charge, his bond was increased from $10,000 to $50,000. Both of their preliminary hearings will be held on July 7.
Both men remain in the Carroll-Montgomery Regional Correctional Facility.
Also, Asa Small went before Lancaster Thursday morning. Small has been charged with two counts of burglary.
Acting Prosecutor Jennifer Adams-Williams told the court the Small may also face charges in Grenada for the very same crime—burglary. As Small was talking with public defender, Lee Bailey, his older brother addressed the court.
His brother told Lancaster that he was tired of his brother breaking into places and that he didn’t need to be released because he would do the same thing. He said that his brother needed help and that it was “ridiculous to keep dealing with this mess.”
Lancaster sympathized with Small’s older brother, who was visibly angry as he was speaking. Small’s case was continued until July 7 when the affiants and the officer are both present.