Out of towners selling drugs in county

Published 10:40 pm Saturday, August 2, 2008

Two out of town suspects, one from Louisiana and the other from Alabama, were arrested for selling drugs in Pearl River county.

Both suspects alleged activities were reported to the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department.

The first suspect was picked up Tuesday after an investigation found that the Washington Parish resident was allegedly selling cocaine, marijuana and prescription medication in the Poplarville area. A sting operation was set up where investigators arranged to meet the suspect, identified as John Allen Daquin, 21, of Box 402 Angie, La.

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Daquin stated he wanted to meet at a parking lot at an intersection on Miss. 26 in the Poplarville area, said Investigator Capt. Donnie Saucier. Investigators arrived on scene and secured about 20 xanax and a gram of cocaine from the suspect. Daquin was arrested and investigators found an additional 35 xanax and 12 grams of marijuana on him. He was charged with sale of cocaine, sale of xanax, possession with intent to distribute xanax and possession of marijuana.

The next day information about an Alabama man selling prescription medication in the Nicholson area lead to the arrest of Bryon Herndon, 21, 1411 Eighth St., Tuscaloosa, Ala. Herndon was reported to be selling the pills in Nicholson about one or two times a week, Saucier said.

When investigators heard Herndon was in the area arrangements were made through an informant to purchase oxycodone from him. The sale was set to be made at Topaz Street in Nicholson. After the transaction took place officers moved in and arrested the suspect without incident, Saucier said.

Herndon was charged with sale of a controlled substance.

Saucier said the department is on the lookout for drug activity in the county, no matter where the suspects may live.

“If you decide to come to Pearl River County to sell your drugs you will be arrested and prosecuted,” Saucier said.