By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Picayune Police made two felony heroin arrests in three days.
Each situation involved the user being passed out.
On Saturday, officers were dispatched to the Wal-Mart parking lot at 2:40 a.m., in reference to a possible intoxicated driver, said Jeremy Magri, assistant to the chief of police.
Officers observed a red Honda Prelude in the parking lot, and the driver passed out behind the steering wheel, said Magri. “The car was in drive.”
The driver, Sasha Read, 36, of 147 Jasmine Rd., was awakened by officers and her information was checked. Read’s driver’s license was suspended and she was not able to provide proof of insurance, said Magri.
Read was asked if “she had anything on her” officers should know about, he said. Read began crying, said Magri, and “she advised she had paraphernalia under her seat in an eyeglass case.”
The case was retrieved and located inside officers found “one syringe, one glass pipe, and a small piece of tin foil that contained an off-white substance, which Read advised was heroin,” Magri said.
A plastic bag containing a white powdery substance, believed to be heroin, also was found.
Read was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and for possession of paraphernalia, public drunkenness, driving while license is suspended and no proof of insurance, said Magri.
While being transported to the Criminal Justice Center, Read advised officers that she had a “lighter and cap to a syringe on her,” he said. Officers recovered the items and inside the cap was a plastic bag containing an off-white substance “which Read advised was heroin,” Magri said.
On Monday, officers were dispatched to 1115 Stemwood Dr. in reference to an unresponsive male subject.
John Lilly Jr., 30, was said to be “gasping for air as he laid on the bathroom floor,” Magri said. When officers arrived to the residence, AAA and Picayune Rescue were both on the scene.
Inside the residence, officers were directed to a hallway bathroom, where Lilly was observed “laying on his back with his eyes open,” he said.
Magri said Lilly’s breathing was normal but he appeared “dazed and confused.”
While emergency medical technicians tended to Lilly, officers observed “a small piece of aluminum foil containing an off-white powdery substance believed to be heroin and a metal spoon, containing burnt residue, next to him on the floor,” said Magri.
“When Lilly observed the officer’s presence, he stood up and stated that he was okay and refused further medical treatment,” he said.
Lilly was taken into custody for felony possession of a controlled substance and for possession of paraphernalia.
Having two incidents in three days, the Picayune Narcotics Division “is actively investigating where the heroin originated,” Magri said.
Heroin users may not be aware of the purity of what they are using and do not know the strength, said Magri.