By Jeremy Pittari, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department narcotics investigators checking on a community complaint found evidence of the manufacture of methamphetamine at a Poplarville area home.
The investigation took place on Dec. 14, after the department received a community complaint that methamphetamine was possibly being manufactured at a home located on Humphrey Road near Poplarville.
When the investigators arrived, the residents of the home, 30-year-old Kenneth Smith and 29-year-old Latasha Gambill, were not there but the investigators noticed several burn piles that contained the remnants of old methamphetamine cooks, said Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier.
Investigators waited for the suspects to return home at which time they were taken into custody and searched.The investigators found methamphetamine, marijuana, Lortab and Xanax in their possession, Saucier said. In the home, investigators found several precursor chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, Saucier said.
Both Smith and Gambill were charged with conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance, possession of precursor chemicals, generation of hazardous waste, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and an additional charge of manufacture of a controlled substance was placed on Smith, Saucier said. Smith was on parole with the Mississippi Department of Corrections at the time of his arrest leading to a hold with MDOC being placed on him, Saucier said.