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Fulton woman charged with aiding escape

Wednesday, April 10, 2002

After being extradited from the Corinth city jail in Mississippi to Fulton County to face drug charges, Tracy Bivins, 29, was arrested again March 30 for aiding the escape of a felon from the DeSoto County jail in Mississippi March 28.

Commander Mark Blackson of the DeSoto County jail said trustee James Snider, 34, walked off a job during work detail near a ballpark south of Hernando, Miss., with his sister, Bivins.

Snider was serving time on a probation violation on felony charges related to auto theft. He was apprehended in Shreveport, La., Feb. 13 and was serving time doing work detail as a trustee of the jail.

Snider was scheduled to be released from jail July 12 until his recent escape.

Blackson said Snider was observed getting into a red Ford Ranger truck the afternoon of the March 28. The vehicle was registered in the name of James Leis of Fulton County. The informant said Snider was traveling with Bivins along with an 8-foot python snake.

Captain Frank Herring said authorities received information that Bivins and Leis received money wired to them in Jackson, Miss.

Snider was apprehended by Shreveport Police in Louisiana on charges stemming from his escape. At the time of his arrest he was traveling alone. He will be returned to Desoto County jail once he clears his local charges in Shreveport, Herring said.

Bivins was arrested in Fulton County, Sheriff Lloyd Martz said. She is being held at the Independence County Detention Center on a hold from Mississippi with a bond set at $18,000.

Herring said a warrant for Leis' arrest aiding for Snider's escape was sent to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, but Martz said his office hadn't received the warrant as of April 9.

Prior to this incident, Leis and Bivins were extradited to Fulton County March 7 from Mississippi when officers discovered items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine at a residence in the Sturkie community.

Officers conducted a second search at a home in Salem where the couple resided. Authorities found items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, several firearms and two python snakes roaming freely in the home.

The couple was released from jail after paying a $50,000 bond each and are scheduled to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court April 16.

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