Straughn senior charged with distribution

Published 3:12 pm Thursday, March 3, 2016

On Tuesday, Drug Task Force Agents concluded a two-week long investigation by arresting Joshawa Lee Burton, 20, for distribution of a controlled substance.


The investigation began after agents received tips from citizen informants that Burton, a student at Straughn High School, was selling marijuana. Using a confidential informant, agent Josh Hudson made a controlled purchase of marijuana from Burton. Burton was subsequently arrested and remains in custody on a $200,000 bond.

The marijuana sale took place within three miles of a public school.

Covington County Superintendent of Education Shannon Driver said school officials are aware of the investigation and arrest.

“We want to assure parents that we are working with law enforcement, and do everything that we can to keep our students safe and our campuses drug free,” Driver said.

After the arrest, Drug Task Force Commander Mark Odom said, “People who sell drugs prey on addiction and weakness. It is disheartening to see someone as young as Burton already on that path, but I appreciate the people who reported his activities to us. With the help of good citizen informants, we are able to locate and stop drug dealers more swiftly.”