Seven suspects arrested in single bust

Published 1:59 am Sunday, April 12, 2009

A recent drug bust by the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department brought in seven suspects.

That bust took place Thursday at a home located at 84 McNeill McHenry Rd., said Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier.

Using surveillance, investigative techniques and a tip from an anonymous source investigators gathered enough information to secure a search warrant for that home. When the investigators conducted the search, assisted by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, they found a bag of precursor chemicals for manufacturing methamphetamine and two active methamphetamine labs.

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A Hazmat clean up crew was called out to clean the home.

Saucier said about seven people were at the home waiting for the finished product. The number of people in the home presented a safety issue for the suspects and the officers. Saucier said the officers did a good job of ensuring the safety of the suspects and themselves, and no injuries were reported as a result of the bust.

Arrested in the bust were Gene Powell, 29, of 84 McNeill McHenry Rd.; Joseph Sanderson, 40, of 23079 Rd. 262; Jonathan Mitchell, 33, of 9613 U.S. 11 S. Poplarville; Mary Palmer, 27, 319 Anchor Lake Rd., Carriere; Chastity Smith, 32, of 367 Gumpond Beal Rd., Poplarville; Brittany Head, 25, of 208 Season Charlie Eddie Smith Rd., Hattiesburg and Cassandra Smith, 33, of 319 Anchor Lake Rd. All of the suspects were charged with possession of precursor chemicals and manufacture of methamphetamine.

None of the suspects had methamphetamine on them since the drug was still in the manufacture process, Saucier said.