Man’s meth history makes ‘sad’ case

Staff Writer

A 19-year-old already on probation in Lowndes County gets a chance to work off a fine in West Point Municipal Court.

But prosecutors say his story is one that too often troubles the system.

Dylan Langford, who says he lives in Reform, Alabama, was arrested early Sunday morning outside the North Mississippi Medical Center emergency room for disorderly conduct for refusing to obey a police officer’s orders to leave the property.

When he was arrested, officers found needles for injecting methamphetamine.

Tuesday, Langford pleaded guilty to both misdemeanor charges and was fined $743. He was given $200 credit for the two days he’s been in jail and ordered to take part in the city work program to pay off the rest.

During Tuesday’s hearing, he told city Judge Bennie Jones he couldn’t remember when he was arrested. He said he once was a roofer but hasn’t held a job in months. But he said he did own a car and could get to the work program.
Langford’s issues with meth aren’t new.

On Nov. 8, 2017, he was charged with felony fleeing after he led Lowndes County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase from Highway 373 south into Columbus before spike strips helped stop him at a business at the intersection with Bluecoat Road.

Before he was stopped, he drove at high speeds in the tune lane and down the northbound lanes on busy Highway 45.

Deputies thought he was driving a stolen car.

At the time of his arrest, Langford told deputies he was using the drug Flacka.

He was indicted in February 2018 by the Lowndes County Grand Jury and on Nov. 28, pleaded guilty, getting a five-year suspended sentence with five years on probation. He also was fined $1,200.

At the time, he was living in Lowndes County but has since moved to Reform, Ala. According to Lowndes Circuit Court records, Langford said he’s been shooting up meth daily since he was 14.

He dropped out of school in the ninth grade. His mother is in jail in Alabama and his father in Mississippi.

“I’m afraid he’s going to be back with us or somewhere or something worse is going to happen,” West Point City Prosecutor Michelle Easterling said of Langford. “The judge did all he could do, we aren’t equipped to handle people with his kind of background. Those are sad cases.”