Mother, daughter charged

Published 12:06 am Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A mother and daughter from Opp were jailed Friday on drug charges.

Drug Task Force agent David Harrell said Elizabeth Cowen Barnes, 61, and Elizabeth Paige Hincy, 32, were arrested after the DTF and Covington County DHR workers responded to complaints that Hincy was using marijuana.


“When agents were allowed inside Hincy’s home to investigate the complaint, we saw marijuana and a marijuana smoking device in plain view,” Harrell said. “We also found eight Xanax pills, a Schedule IV controlled substance.

“Hincy said she was given the pills by her mother (Barnes), who admitted to agents that she gave them to her daughter,” Harrell said.

Harrell warned the public about selling or giving away prescribed medication.

“The law does not differentiate between someone selling crack or meth and someone giving away or selling their prescription medication,” he said. “Doctors prescribe medications to people for specific medical conditions. It’s never OK for you to give your prescription medicine to another person, and if you are caught doing it, you will be charged.”


Barnes was charged with two counts of distribution and booked into the county jail under a $100,000 bond.

Hincy was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana II and held on a $20,500 bond.