Picayune Police arrests drug offenders

Published 11:16 pm Saturday, April 5, 2008

A number of suspected narcotic activities resulted in the arrest of suspects, including a number of alleged prescription fraud charges and a business that was allegedly selling marijuana.

Apparently the owner of a local body shop was suspected of selling illegal substances out of the shop, while four separate cases of prescription fraud resulted in arrests.

David Bret Davis turned himself in on April 1, after he somehow got word that the Picayune Police Department had a warrant out for his arrest. The warrant stems from allegations that Davis was selling marijuana out of Buddy’s Body Shop, said Public Information Officer Capt. Theresa Milar.

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Davis, 40, of 125 Davis Rd., was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with in 1,500 feet of a school and one count of transition of a controlled substance with in 1.500 feet of a school.

Apparently Davis has been under investigation for several months for the alleged narcotic activity at the business, which he owns, Milar said.

In a rash of prescription fraud cases a number of suspects have been arrested.

Allegedly one case involved April Troglen, 35, of 60 Jan Dr., McNeill and Connie Champlin, 40, of 41 Jan Dr., McNeill. On March 27, the two women were charged with 19 counts of prescription fraud when a pharmacy that received one of the fraudulent prescriptions called investigators, Milar said.

The two women had apparently filled the fraudulent prescriptions at six different local pharmacies. Information as to how the women had obtained the prescription sheets was unavailable but the case is still under investigation, Milar said.

On March 13, two other individuals were charged for a similar crime. Apparently Kristy Penton Nash, 29, and John Nash, 39, both of 872 Bouie Rd., Carriere had performed the same crime at two local pharmacies. The pair have been charged with four counts each of prescription fraud, Milar said.

On March 12, officers were dispatched to a local pharmacy in response to another case of prescription fraud. Apparently the pharmacy had called to check on a prescription made out for William Martindale that the doctors office stated was not made out by them, Milar said. Officers arrived to find Martindale, 33, of 279 Restertown Rd., Poplarville, still at the pharmacy. When questioned he indicated he got the prescription from his girlfriend, who was waiting for him in the car.

Officers questioned Martindale’s girlfriend, identified as Cherie King, 39, also of 279 Restertown Rd., Poplarville, and found blank prescription slips in her purse. Apparently King had taken the slips from a local doctor’s office she used to work for, Milar said.

Both suspects were charged with one count each of prescription fraud.

Investigators thank the local pharmacies and doctors for their full cooperation during the investigation, without which the arrests would not have been possible, Milar said.

Milar said Police Chief Jim Luke said the department will vigorously work to make arrests in prescription fraud cases. Luke thanks the narcotics unit and officers for long hours and hard work to formulate suspects in these cases.