The Picayune Item
On June 27, narcotics investigators with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office went to a residence on Lilac Drive after receiving complaints of methamphetamine being manufactured there, said Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier.
Detectives arrived on the scene and first made contact with Sephenie Sims, 27, at the front door of the residence, said Saucier.
“The odor of an active methamphetamine lab was apparent to detectives,” he said, “and precursor chemicals were observed in plain view.”
The scene was then secured and two suspects, James Cothran, 30, and Kristian Newell, 22, were located at the back of the residence and taken into custody, along with Sims, said Saucier.
“Smoke from the active methamphetamine lab was so heavy in the residence,” Saucier said.
“Investigators had to open doors and windows to vent the house for safety reasons.”
While the house was being vented, Michael Fisher, 28, “jumped out of a closet and began fighting investigators,” he said.
“He lost and was taken into custody.”
A search warrant was issued for the property and as a result of the search, an active methamphetamine lab, along with precursor chemicals was located inside the residence, said Saucier.
The Hazardous Waste Disposal Team was called to the scene to dispose of materials.
“To make matters worse,” Saucier said, “all of this was taking place with a 14-month-old child in the residence.”
The Department of Human Services was called to the scene and tended to the child.
All four suspects were charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of precursor chemicals, generation of hazardous waste, conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance and child endangerment, said Saucier.
“Fisher was additionally charged with resisting arrest by fighting,” he said.