Traffic stop leads to home search

Published 2:36 pm Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A routine traffic stop a box of cold medication containing pseudoephedrine was found led Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department investigators to the suspect’s home where evidence of methamphetamine production was discovered.

Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier said the traffic stop took place on Jan. 18, when Detective Van Giadrosich stopped a vehicle with an expired tag traveling on John Amacker Road. During the stop Saucier said Giadrosich identified the driver as 38 year-old Donald Shane Conerly of 859 John Amacker Rd.

Giadrosich requested consent to search the vehicle, which was granted, and Saucier said in the search, the investigator found a box of pseudoephedrine pills. That box of cold medication combined with other evidence and investigative information prompted Sheriff’s Department investigators to search Conerly’s home, Saucier said.

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In the search of Conerly’s home, investigators found a number of other precursor chemicals and evidence of previous methamphetamine cooks, Saucier said.

As a result of the find, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Hazmat were called out to clean up the cook remnants, and Conerly was charged with possession of precursor chemicals, Saucier said.