Deputies make several arrests

Published 4:36 pm Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Three incidents involving drugs and another involving a dangerous driver, lead to several arrests for the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department.

The first incident lead to the confiscation of a large amount of cocaine.

Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Bill Martin said on that Nov. 7, Lucinda Maria Corona, 45, of Houston, was traveling on Interstate 59 at a speed of 52mph in a 70 mile an hour zone. Martin said Corona also was observed commiting a few moving violations, prompting the deputy to stop her.

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The deputy found 12.5 pounds of cocaine in the vehicle during the stop, Martin said. This is the largest cocaine bust for the department in the last three years, he said.

Both Corona and her passenger, Francisco Javier Patino Jr., 26, also of Houston, were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, according to a press release from the department.

Another resident was charged with manufacturing marijuana when information provided by a concerned citizen lead to the investigation and arrest of Chris Gisclair, 39, of 3 Patrice Dr., Picayune.

Martin said a search of Gisclair’s home uncovered at least one marijuana plant. Gisclair was arrested on Nov. 20 on the felony charge, which lead the deputies to confiscate Gisclair’s five guns, consisting of shotguns and rifles. When a felony arrest is made, any guns on the premises are confiscated, Martin said.

Picayune resident Shane Acosta, in a separate incident, was charged with possession of crack cocaine leading to the seizure of two vehicles believed to have been used in the distribution of the drug, according to the release. Concerned citizens told the department about Acosta, 41, of 201 Telly Rd., Apt. 100. He was arrested on Nov. 20. Martin said the vehicles may added to the county’s vhicular inventory through drug forfeiture. Martin would not comment on how much crack cocaine was confiscated but did say it was enough to charge Acosta.

Speeding in a school zone and failing to stop lead to the arrest of Elvis A. Parker on Nov. 11.

According to a press release from the department, Parker, 28, of 1420 Blaze Rd., was seen by a deputy traveling at a high rate of speed on U.S. 11 near the Apple South subdivision. The deputy used his lights and sirens in an attempt to pull over Parker, but Parker accelerated from a speed of 70 to 80 mph.

Parker crossed the double yellow line on several occasions during the pursuit and passed a vehicle on a curve on a hill, the release states. Parker then sped through the Pearl River Central school zone during school hours at 85 miles per hour.

When the pursuit continued onto Liberty Road, Parker attempted to strike another deputy who was responding to the chase to assist the first deputy, the release states.

Parker was stopped when he turned onto Blaze Road, which is a dead end. He was charged with felony fleeing-eluding a law enforcement officer in a motor vehicle, driving while license suspended, no proof of insurance, no seatbelt and 13 other moving violations, the release states.

Contraband was not found on Parker, Martin said.

“(Deputies) didn’t find anything on him, he just didn’t want to get stopped,” Martin said.