By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
A person arrested on June 3, after Picayune police officers responded to two different scenes with reports of multiple vehicles being broken into, was arrested on another charge the day after he posted bond on the burglary charges.
Witnesses observed a white Durango leaving the area where the vehicle burglaries had been reported and officers soon spotted the vehicle driving carelessly on Mississippi Highway 43 North.
A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle, which was occupied by Larry G. Gonzalez III, 23, and Brandon Holloway, 22, said Jeremy Magri, assistant to the Chief of Police.
“Upon search of the vehicle, officers discovered the controlled substance hydrocodone in a prescription bottle and what was believed to be marijuana,” Magri said.
A black Playstation Vista was recovered in the vehicle, along with a tool bag, Magri said.
Further investigation into the case led to Gonzalez being charged with careless driving, seat-belt violation, two counts of no turn signal, two counts possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and three counts vehicle burglary.
Holloway was charged with seat-belt violation, possession of marijuana, two counts possession of a controlled substance and three counts vehicle burglary.
Holloway, who was out on a felony bond from December 2012 was booked again on his previous charges because the bondsman came off the bonds, Magri said.
In addition to his charges above, he is being held on felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of a concealed weapon, open beer and possession of marijuana.
Holloway is still being held at the Picayune Jail and Gonzalez bonded out on June 6.
On June 7, at approximately 9 a.m., Gonzalez went to the police department to bring a pillow to an inmate, Magri said.
While taking the pillow back to the inmate, the corrections officer carrying it noticed a bulge in the center of the pillow. “He further noticed seams were sewn at the corners of the pillow,” Magri said.
“The officer pulled the stitching apart and recovered a sock that contained numerous hand-rolled cigarettes containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana,” Magri said.
The officer notified the supervisor on duty and a be on the lookout order was issued for Gonzalez.
At approximately 9:23 a.m., Gonzalez was spotted at Miss. Hwy. 43N on Beech Street, and a traffic stop was conducted.
Gonzalez was arrested for felony introducing contraband into a correctional facility.