Surveillance nets unplanned suspect

Published 6:32 pm Thursday, June 12, 2008

Investigators with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department on a surveillance operation witnessed what appeared to be drug activity and netted a suspect in a subsequent traffic stop.

Lt. Donnie Saucier, an investigator with the department, said that while investigators were on a surveillance operation Tuesday on South Abrams Avenue in Picayune they observed a man enter a house at another location. The suspect stayed in the house for a short time and then left. The suspect’s actions were allegedly indicative of a drug transaction, Saucier said.

The investigators followed the suspect and saw him allegedly run a stop sign, Saucier said. A traffic stop on the vehicle identified the suspect as Ralph Wayne Davis, 43, of Sid Crawford Rd., Pearl River, La.

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After receiving consent to search the vehicle, the investigators found about 152 Percocet pills, which is schedule II narcotic, Saucier said.

“If you have a prescription for a medication and decide to sell that medication, we’ll consider you a drug dealer,” Saucier said.

Since Davis did not have a prescription for the medication he was in possession of it, he was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. The incident is still under investigation.