By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
A trespassing complaint led to the arrest of two Poplarville men being arrested for picking illegal mushrooms.
On June 16, Pearl River County Sheriff’s patrol deputies were dispatched to 821 Rester Town Rd. on a complaint of trespassing, Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier said.
Deputies observed a pickup truck parked on the side of road at 821 Rester Town Rd. and observed two males, identified as Casey Cagle, 29, of 742 Barth Rd., and Stephen Smith, 28, of 414 West Michigan St., walking in an open field, said Saucier.
“Deputies approached Cagle to speak with him,” Saucier said. “While they were approaching him, Smith fled on foot across the field.”
The investigation resulted in deputies finding beer and a bag containing suspected psilocybien mushrooms, said Saucier.
Cagle was then charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Smith was later located and also charged with possession of a controlled substance.
“Investigators determined that the two suspects were in the field picking illegal mushrooms,” Saucier said.
On June 20, Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for careless operation at Highway 43 and North Beech Street.
During the stop, detectives noticed that the license plate on the vehicle had been switched, said Saucier.
“Investigators observed evidence that led them to believe that the driver, Nicholas Miller, 26, of 110 Fred Strain Rd., Carriere, had been purchasing psudoephedrine in Louisiana and bringing it back to Pearl River County,” Saucier said.
It was believed that “he was selling it to individuals so they can manufacture methamphetamine,” he said.
Miller was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and driving with a switched tag.