By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Department of Human Services (DHS) social workers requested the assistance of Patrol deputies with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office to inspect a residence after substandard living conditions and drug use were reported with children being present.
On June 14, officers went to the residence of Jerry W. Drennan II, 26, and Sarah M. Alison, 26, at 26 Sage Lane, Carriere, said Donnie Saucier, chief investigator.
“Upon arrival to the residence,” Saucier said, “evidence of child neglect and drug use was apparent.”
Deputies had contacted narcotics investigators for assistance, he said.
A search of the residence was conducted and evidence of manufacturing methamphetamine was discovered, said Saucier. “Several precursor chemicals were also found,” he said.
Drennan was present at the time of the search, said Saucier. “He had one small child with him.”
Saucier said that it was alleged that Alison was at work at the time.
“DHS made contact with Sarah and informed her of what was going on,” he said. “They told her that she needed to come home.”
Alison never went to the residence, said Saucier.
Drennan was arrested for manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of precursor chemicals and child endangerment, Saucier said.
Warrants were filed on Alison for the same charges, said Saucier. “She was later located and arrested on June 17.”
The small child that was at the residence was taken into custody by DHS, Saucier said.
Alison made bail on a $32,000 bond and Drennan is still in custody at the Pearl River Correctional Facility with no bond set, the chief investigator said.
On June 17, narcotics investigators conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for careless driving, Saucier said.
Investigators made contact with the driver, Michael Dale Roberts, 53, of 2412 Jackson Landing Rd., and “observed indicators from Roberts and inside the vehicle that raised suspicion,” Saucier said.
Investigators then asked to search the vehicle, he said. “They were granted consent to search,” Saucier said.
During the search, one off-white, rock-like substance, which investigators believed to be crack cocaine was recovered, said Saucier.
“Preliminary field tests were conducted on the rock-like substance which gave positive indication for the presence of cocaine,” he said.
Roberts was arrested for possession of crack cocaine and careless driving, Saucier said.