Authorities: Plane crash survivor arrested on drug charge after investigators find painkillers in wreckage

Jeff Franklin

WIGGINS, Miss. (AP) - What began as a plane crash has turned into a drug investigation after Stone County investigators found thousands in cash and numerous bottles of prescription pills in the wreckage. Authorities tell the Sun Herald ( the arrested Jeff Franklin, a 43-year-old resident of Sherman, Texas, on a charge of possession of hydrocodone. Franklin was a passenger on a single-engine Cessna 602 that crashed near Wiggins Thursday. Franklin and another passenger, 66-year-old Joe Paul Mentesara of Dallas, were treated at Forrest County General Hospital in Hattiesburg and released. Pilot Jeff Bramblett, a 62-year-old resident of Mesquite, Texas, was hospitalized with head, arm and other injuries. Investigators said the men told stories that raised suspicions, prompting authorities to bring in a drug-sniffing dog that found pills in luggage and on the ground.