Mississippi man accused of drug distribution following early morning patrol arrest


Nicholas Lee Hawkins
Courtesy: Vidalia Police Department

VIDALIA, La. — Vidalia officers were patrolling neighborhoods when an unfamiliar subject was seen riding a bicycle with a backpack at around 3:45 AM this morning in the area of John Dale and Lynn Streets.

Officers say they were patrolling the neighborhoods in response to a recent string of vehicle burglaries in Vidalia.

Officers made contact with the subject around Peach and Apple Streets.

The subject was identified as Nicholas Lee Hawkins with a Jackson, Miss. address but stated he lived in Natchez, officials say.

Officers noticed Hawkins had a flashlight on his person as well.

After talking with Hawkins, officers conducted a pat search and found Hawkins to be in possession of a fixed blade knife, a digital scale, and three baggies of suspected methamphetamine weighing approximately 9.8 grams in all.

Courtesy: Vidalia Police Department

Hawkins was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of schedule II (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute.

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