By Jeremy Pittari, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Three separate incidents led to the arrest of three suspects for drug related charges.
The incidents involved a domestic dispute call, alleged prescription fraud and a careless driver found with some drug paraphernalia, said Picayune Police Assistant to the Chief Jeremy Magri.
The first case began as a domestic dispute call on Sunday, but when officers arrived they found the person of interest, who was not charged when found, had already fled the scene, Magri said. Officers learned through the investigation that the person of interest had fled to a home located on Third Avenue.
Magri said when the officer arrived at that address, he came into contact with 31-year-old Eric Stockstill, who was not the person of interest in the domestic dispute. However the officer could smell what appeared to be burning marijuana coming from the home, prompting the officer to conduct a safety pat down, Magri said.
During the pat down of both Stockstill and the person of interest, who was at the Third Street home, the officer found three syringes and three strips of a controlled substance called Suboxone in Stockstill’s pocket, Magri said. Stockstill was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.
Investigation into the domestic dispute complaint found it to be unfounded so no charges were pressed, Magri said.
aturday officers with the department received a call from a pharmacy located on Mississippi Highway 43 South concerning a suspected fraudulent prescription being called in, Magri said. An officer went to the pharmacy and was told the individual suspected of calling in the prescription was waiting in the drive through to pick up the medication. When the officer arrived he found the suspect’s vehicle parked in the lot and the suspect, 34-year-old Angela Zeringue of 14131 Pleasant Hill walking towards the entrance of the pharmacy, but she turned around and headed back to her vehicle upon seeing the patrol vehicle, Magri said.
The officer stopped Zeringue and after advising her of her rights asked what she was doing at the pharmacy. Magri said Zeringue told the officer she was there to pick up her medication, which she had placed behind the driver’s seat. A check with the doctor’s office Zeringue used to obtain the prescription confirmed the prescription to be fraudulent, Magri said. Investigative techniques confirmed Zeringue had called in the prescription herself, Magri said.
Magri said the medication, consisting of 90 Xanax pills, was confiscated and Zeringue was charged with prescription fraud. A second bottle in Zeringue’s purse containing 18 additional Xanax was also confiscated, Magri said.
In a separate case on Friday, the department received a call that a white Toyota was driving recklessly in the parking lot of a local gas station on Miss. Hwy. 43S. While enroute to the gas station, officers received additional information that the same vehicle was involved in an accident on Miss. Hwy. 43, Magri said.
The officer arrived and spoke with the driver of the white Toyota, 18-year-old Jordan Mitchell of 96B Highway 607, and asked for consent to search the vehicle, which she granted, Magri said. The officer found three pieces of cut drinking straws that contained the residue of a white powdery substance, Magri said. Mitchell, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was charged with possession of paraphernalia, Magri said. It is unknown what kind of suspected controlled substance the white powdery substance was, Magri said.