Father asked daughter to sell drugs

Published 1:35 pm Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A report of a female juvenile asked to sell weed by her father led to his arrest.

The call came into the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday concerning a 14 year-old girl who said she was asked by her father to sell marijuana to an unknown male.

Investigation into the matter led to the arrest of 40 year-old Eric Andrew Watkins, said Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier.

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An interview in the presence of a custodial adult with the juvenile and investigators established that the day before, Wednesday, Watkins had taken the girl to an unknown male’s home where Watkins asked the girl to sell the individual marijuana, Saucier said.

Investigators went to Watkins’ home to talk to him and when they arrived they detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from the home. Watkins was taken into custody. Saucier said Watkins gave investigators consent to search his home and said he had marijuana in the home.

Investigators found about five ounces, in individual bags, a triple beam scale, an assault rifle and two pistols, Saucier said. All of the marijuana, a vehicle suspected to be used in the transport of the narcotics and the weapons suspected to be used to protect the narcotics were seized.

Watkins was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana while in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute Lorcet while in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute Xanax while in possession of a firearm and directing or causing a felony to be committed by a person less than the age of 17, Saucier said.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be pressed at a later date, Saucier said.