By Jeremy Pittari, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Picayune narcotics detectives made arrests in three drug cases over the past week.
Two of those cases took place on the same day and occurred in one apartment complex, located at 1701 U.S. Highway 11 North, according to a press release from the Picayune Police Department.
The first case involved the purchase of prescription medication from 20-year-old Jared Pritchard of 110 Farrell St., at the apartment complex on U.S. Hwy. 11, the release states. A warrant was issued for his arrest after several purchases were made, according to the release. On Tuesday, Pritchard was picked up on a warrant for sale of a controlled substance, the release states.
The second case, which also resulted in arrests on Tuesday, began after a confidential informant alerted investigators to two people who intended to shoplift from local stores, according to the release. The information received also alleged the sale of cocaine near Apartment 5 at the apartment complex at 1701 U.S. Hwy. 11 by two females in a white Cadillac, the release states. The two suspects, 40-year-old Contina Pittman, of 925 Betsy Dr., and 44-year-old Tina Guillotte, of 24 Hayes Lane were seen leaving the area in a vehicle fitting that description, the release states.
A detective found the vehicle described parked in front of one of the local stores mentioned by the informant, the release states, and as Pittman and Guillotte left the store, the detective questioned them. The detective found the suspects had clothes taken from the store in their possession during questioning, the release states. The detective then requested, and was granted, consent to search the vehicle, the release states. The detective found a half of a cookie of crack cocaine in the glove box of the vehicle, the release states.
Both Pittman and Guillotte were charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, the release states.
Using information gathered in the previous crack cocaine arrest, the detectives obtained a search warrant for a apartment on U.S. Hwy. 11, and spoke with the apartment’s resident, 55-year-old Albert Miller, of 1701 U.S. 11 N. Apt. 5, the release states. Miller admitted to owning a pipe used in the consumption of crack cocaine during questioning, the release states. Detectives searched the refrigerator where the pipe was said to be stored and charged Miller with possession of paraphernalia, the release states. Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police Jeremy Magri said no crack cocaine was found in Miller’s home.
In a separate case, the results of a three-month long investigation that involved the purchase of crack cocaine from Meisha Smith, 22, of 515 Maxwell St., led to an arrest warrant being issued for her arrest, Magri said. The release states she was taken in to custody on three warrants of sale of a controlled substance on Wednesday while she conducting unknown business at the police department.
The release states the case is still under investigation and more arrests are expected.