Former Moss Point police officer admits meth charges

Published 10:22 pm Saturday, March 17, 2007

Former Moss Point Police Officer Wendy Peyregne has pleaded guilty to two felony charges stemming from a drug investigation.

U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola on Friday set sentencing for July 14 at the federal courthouse in Gulfport. Peyregne pleaded guilty Friday to one count each of possession with the intent to distribute and obstruction of justice.

Police said tips prompted an undercover investigation that led to Peyregne’s arrest.

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According to investigators, Peyregne was in uniform and on duty while in possession of about six grams of methamphetamine when she was arrested.

The investigation started in October, shortly after the department received complaints and tips about Peyregne’s alleged illegal drug activity. Two confidential informants worked with authorities to record undercover buys from her along with other information, prosecutors said.

Her role was described in the documents as one that arranged, transported, received and delivered meth in South Mississippi and elsewhere, including nearby Grand Bay, Ala.

One of the informants told authorities that Peyregne often delivered and sold meth while she was on duty and was often under the influence herself on the job, according to court documents.

The informant said that he’d purchased at least 20 grams from Peyregne over a three-month period, with those purchases made at the home of a major meth supplier in Grand Bay.

On Oct. 30, one of the informants recorded a telephone call with Peyregne during which she was allegedly discussing her attempts to purchase meth from two sources, documents showed.