Deputies make meth arrests

Published 12:13 am Friday, January 23, 2009

Pearl River County deputies and investigators have been working a number of cases to remove methamphetamine and other drugs from the county.

On Jan. 7, deputies responded to a citizen complaint concerning narcotics activity. When they arrived at 25 Don Millis Rd. to investigate the complaint, three people were at the residence, 33 year-old Jayson Moody of 25 Don Millis Rd.; 29 year-old Jayme Grigsby of 12 B. Dylan Rd. and 31 year-old Karen Wadell, of 183 Eloise St.

After securing consent from Moody to search the residence, investigators found precursor chemicals commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine along with a small amount of the drug, said Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier.

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All three suspects were charged with possession of precursor chemicals.

The next day investigators worked a separate case that involved a traffic stop on Walkiah Bluff Road. As the deputy approached the vehicle he could smell ammonia, which Saucier says raised suspicion with the deputy that methamphetamine chemicals were in the car.

The deputy searched the car and found a number of precursor chemicals including lithium batteries, filters that tested positive for methamphetamine and a bag of ammonium nitrate. As a result the driver, 36 year-old Douglas McCain of 1805 Johnny Kay St., and his passenger 33 year-old Stacy R. McClain, of 105 Huppo Rd., were both charged with possession of precursor chemicals.

On Jan. 9, the Sheriff’s Department found two more suspects to be in possession of illegal narcotics, this time in pill form. The suspects, 32 year-old Randy M. Collins and 33 year-old Charles L. Collins, both of 16399 Bell Creek Rd., Pass Christian, were pulled over as part of a traffic stop. Investigator Rob Williams stopped to assist in the stop since he was in the area, Saucier said.

A beer was in plain sight in the cup holder so the officers pulled both suspects out of the vehicle and conducted a search. In the vehicle they found four generic OxyContin pills and one ecstasy pill in a common area of the vehicle that both suspects had access to. Both suspects were charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, Saucier said.