January 15, 2023

Repeat offender busted with 78 doses of fentanyl in Jones County

Mary Apel

Jones County Sheriff’s Department narcotics agents arrested Patrick Francis, age 44 of Laurel, on January 11th on a charge of Trafficking A Controlled Substance. JCSD narcotics agents executed a search warrant at Francis’ residence and seized 78 dosage units of fentanyl. Francis was out on bond on a previous trafficking charge involving 106 dosage units of fentanyl and possession of several firearms.

Patrick Francis had his previous bond revoked and a bond set on this new charge at $500,000 in Jones County Justice Court, should he become eligible to bond.

“Some of these illegal narcotics dealers just never learn,” notes Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin. “A trafficking charge is a serious felony and since it involves fentanyl, a deadly narcotic, it is even more appalling.”

Patrick Francis remains incarcerated in the Jones County Adult Detention Facility pending future legal proceedings.


Photos attached – Patrick Francis booking photo and photo of illegal fentanyl pills which are bluish in color, but color is not inconsistent throughout the pills.

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