Three Mississippi men arrested on drug charges

WOODSTOCK — Three men from Mississippi were arrested on Tuesday after a traffic stop in town led to the discovery of approximately $15,000 worth of ecstasy pills.

Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler of the Virginia State Police said Lucas Montel Howard, 38, of Jackson, Mississippi, was driving a 2018 Kia Optima with Texas license plates northbound on Interstate 81 at 12:41 a.m. when, at the 282 mile marker, Virginia State Police trooper N.J. Wakeman checked the vehicle’s speed at 93 mph in a posted 70 mph zone.

Felix Contrius Morment, 21, also of Jackson, Mississippi, and Dekara Alexander Clanton, 36, of Canton, Mississippi, were in the vehicle with Howard during the traffic stop, Tyler said. Two officers with the Woodstock Police Department came to assist with the stop, and a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a large plastic bag with 10 smaller plastic bags inside of it. The smaller bags contained the pills that authorities believe to be ecstasy, but they will be sent to the state forensics lab for further testing, Tyler noted.

All three were charged with drug possession with intent to distribute based on the packaging, quantity and estimated value of the drugs seized at the scene, Tyler said. Clanton was also charged with marijuana possession, and Howard was also charged with reckless driving and driving without a valid license.

Howard and Clanton are being held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, and Morment was granted a $5,000 secured bond. The three have hearings set for Friday in Shenandoah County General District Court.