Bust finds lab, precursors and stolen property

Published 1:59 pm Friday, October 24, 2008

A joint effort by the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department crime and narcotics units uncovered stolen property, precursor chemicals and the makings of a methamphetamine lab.

Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier said the investigation started when the criminal investigation division received information about some stolen equipment being kept at 514 Old Kiln Rd. Narcotics investigators also received information about possible methamphetamine production at the same address.

Saucier said a warrant was secured following a collaborative investigation by the crime and narcotics units into the suspected activity. Wednesday evening the search found two suspects, Michael Frierson and Paul Langston, at the home. Both suspects reside at 514 Old Kiln Rd.

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A flatbed trailer with a front loader on it and a camper trailer were found at the residence along with several precursor chemicals and other items used in methamphetamine production. The trailer and front loader are believed have been stolen in Louisiana, while the camper is believed to have been stolen in Hancock County, Saucier said.

Frierson was charged with possession of stolen property and possession of precursor chemicals. Langston was charged with possession of precursor chemicals.

While investigators were working the scene, another suspect pulled up to the property. He was identified as Jamie Strickland, 38, of 821 N. Magnolia Ave. Strickland was searched and found to be in possession of methamphetamine and a firearm, Saucier said. Since Strickland has a prior record, not only was he charged with possession of a controlled substance, he was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Sheriff David Allison was on the scene during the search, observing his investigators’ operation.

“I’m excited about the job these guys and girls are doing and proud to be part of the cleanup they’re doing, whether it be drugs or stolen property,” Allison said.