Investigators make crack cocaine bust after long investigation

Published 3:55 am Sunday, April 24, 2011

Ten months of investigation brought about the arrest of a major distributor of crack cocaine in Picayune, says the chief investigator for the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department.

As a result of the lengthy investigation, 33 year-old Draeshund Magee of 115 Carver Dr., was charged with three counts of sale of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, said Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier.

Investigators were able to secure a search warrant that led to Magee’s arrest on April 12 after they conducted the 10 month long investigation that involved purchasing crack from Magee on a number of occasions,  Saucier said.

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During the search, investigators found nine grams of crack cocaine and 30 grams of powdered cocaine that investigators believed would be processed into crack cocaine, all with a street value of $2,700, Saucier said.

As a result of the 10 month long investigation, Saucier said investigators were able to seize more than $30,000 worth of crack cocoaine, powder cocaine, property and cash.

Saucier said Magee is believed to be a significant player in the Picayune drug trade, and the chief sheriff’s department investigator believes that Magee’s arrest will put a major dent in the illegal drug trade in the city.