By Jeremy Pittari, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Officers with the Picayune Police Department have made arrests in recent days, some involving narcotics.
Assistant to the Chief of Police Jeremy Magri said one case occurred on Saturday where an officer patrolling the area of Richard Street saw a vehicle parked in the roadway, obstructing traffic. The officer turned around to investigate, but the vehicle pulled away and turned onto Davis Street, failing to use a turn signal, Magri said.
A stop was conducted for the two traffic violations where the officer came into contact with the driver, 18-year-old Jeremy Granger of 63 S. Fork Rd., and the passenger, 19-year-old Jaylan Jenkins of 81 S. Fork Rd., Lot A, Magri said.
During the stop the officer detected the odor of marijuana just as a back-up patrol vehicle arrived on scene, Magri said. Both officers conducted pat downs on the two men, finding a bag of a green leafy substance in Granger’s possession. A search of the vehicle found another bag of marijuana in a hole in the driver’s seat, leading Granger to be charged with possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle, no turn signal and no insurance.
Continued investigation determined Granger acquired the marijuana from Jenkins, leading Jenkins to be charged with transfer of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school or church, Magri said.
On Wednesday, officers with the department were sent to the Picayune Motel just after noon after they received reports that a man fitting the description of a suspect wanted by the U.S. Marshal’s office was staying in Apt. 3 of the building, Magri said.
When officers arrived to watch the building and possibly see the man in question, a man matching the description of the suspect came out of the room described, Magri said. He said the officers moved in to verify the identity of the man and conducted a safety pat down for weapons. During the pat down a large bag was found in the man’s pocket, Magri said. He said when officers asked about the bag, the man, identified as 34-year-old Shawn Skyles of 1701 U.S. Highway 11 Apt. 3, said he found it on the floor of the room he was staying in, leading officers to suspect more was involved.
The bag was investigated and found to contain syringes and a bag of what was believed to be methamphetamine, Magri said. In the search of his person, officers also found a cigarette pack containing a hand-rolled cigarette containing what officers believed to be marijuana, Magri said. Skyles was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance for the methamphetamine and possession of marijuana, Magri said.
Skyles was determined not to be the person the U.S. Marshal’s office was seeking, Magri said.
At about 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, officers patrolling the area of Mississippi Highway 43 North, noticed a vehicle with an expired tag, prompting a stop, Magri said. During the stop the officer spoke to the occupants of the vehicle, later determining the driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old Justin Winkinson, of 30084 Pearson Cemetery Rd., Carriere, had initially given the officer false identifying information, Magri said.
A check of the driver’s license and insurance found Winkinson’s driver’s license to be expired, and that he had no insurance, Magri said.
The vehicle was searched and inside the officer found a broken Hydrocodone pill and a glass pipe believed to be used to smoke marijuana, Magri said. Winkinson was charged with driving while license suspended, no insurance, providing false information to a law enforcement officer, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia, Magri said.