Picayune woman arrested on drug charges in Harrison County

Published 12:05 am Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Among three suspects arrested in connection with a drug investigation conducted by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department was a suspect from Picayune.

The Picayune resident was identified as 34 year-old Collene Michelle Haynes, of 27 Stacey Dr.

Two other suspects, Stephen Brooks Killough, 27, of 18506 Deer Dr., Saucier and Nicholas Jarod Hinton, 25, of 25021 Wallace Saucier Rd., Saucier also were arrested in the sting, according to a press release from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

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A search of Killough’s parents’ home, where he also lived, was conducted on Wednesday and investigators discovered several precursor chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, the release states. Investigator Lt. Troy Peterson said the search also turned up signs of a “shake and bake” operation used to cook the drug.

The “shake and bake” method differs from a traditional “Nazi” method of using hot plates and beakers. In the “shake and bake” method, all the chemicals are combined in a thick plastic bottle. Instead of relying on heat provided from the hot plate in the “Nazi” method, the “shake and bake” method relies on the exothermic chemical reaction of all the combined substances to produce heat, Peterson said.

Three children that Killough’s parents were baby-sitting were at the home at the time of the raid. Peterson said none of the children belonged to the suspects. The children were returned to their homes after the raid was conducted.

Killough was charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of precursor chemicals, and three counts of child endangerment. His bond was set at $150,000 by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Gene Dedeaux, the release states.

Haynes, who was at the home with Hinton, was charged with possession of precursor chemicals and was detained at the Harrison County jail. Her bond was set at $25,000 by Judge Dedeaux.

Hinton was charged with possession of precursor chemicals and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). His bond was set at $50,000 by Judge Dedeaux.

Peterson said he could not comment on whether the precursor chemicals Haynes, Killough and Hinton were charged with possessing were to be used in a “cook” to manufacture methampheamine at Killough’s home.