By Jennifer Lenain,Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
At the end of September, narcotics investigators with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office were busy making arrests for possession of illegal narcotics.
On Sept. 27, investigators received information from a confidential source that Destin Meyn, 21, of 601 Carter St., was going to be involved in a drug transaction, said Maj. Donnie Saucier.
Investigators learned that the transaction was to take place at 2008 U.S. Highway 11 South in Nicholson, and surveillance was set up at the location, Saucier said.
“Narcotics investigators observed Meyn standing out front of a business, pacing back and forth” and Saucier said Meyn appeared to be waiting on someone.
Saucier said a short time later, a black Lincoln arrived and Meyn got into the vehicle.
“Investigators approached the vehicle, and the driver was identified as Brandon Lapeyrouse, 21, of 407 Heifer Run, Pearl River, La.,” Saucer said.
The vehicle was searched, as a result, Saucier said investigators discovered approximately 243 grams of marijuana in the vehicle.
Both Meyn and Lapeyrouse were arrested for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, said Saucier.
A few days later, on Sept. 30, narcotics investigators stopped a vehicle on Buck Branch School Road near Mississippi Highway 26 for driving on the wrong side of the road, said Saucier.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Calvin Welch, 53, of 297 Buck Stuart Rd., Poplarville.
Following the stop, a pat-down search was conducted on Welch, and Saucier said a large bag of marijuana was recovered from his shorts’ pocket.
“Another large bag containing two Roxycodone pills and eight Diazepam pills was recovered from Welch,” Saucier said.
Welch was placed under arrest for two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle and careless operation of a motor vehicle, said Saucier.
“After the arrest, a follow-up investigation was conducted at Welch’s residence,” Saucier said.
Investigators met with Welch’s wife, identified as Shanna Cotton, 37, and after the interview, Saucier said further investigation determined that Cotton had conspired with Welch to transfer the pills.
Cotton was charged with transfer of a controlled substance, Saucier said.