Two busts net two suspects

Published 2:25 pm Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A community complaint resulted in one arrest last month and months of investigation ended in another, also late last month.

The community complaint brought deputies to the home of 19-year-old Nicholas Forbes, 4 Firefly Lane in Picayune. Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier said the complaint alleged illegal drug activity was taking place at the home.

When investigators arrived at the home on Feb. 24, they spoke with Forbes and saw what appeared to be several small bags of marijuana, Saucier said. Each of the eight small bags contained about a gram of the drug, and there was also a larger bag with about 17 grams of marijuana, the chief investigator said.

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The bags of marijuana were seized along with a set of digital scales and a box of plastic sandwich bags, Saucier said. Since it is suspected Forbes was packaging the drug for resale, he was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, Saucier said.

A separate case involved months of investigation that ended on Feb. 27 when detectives went to the home of 49-year-old James Henry, 227 Whitesand Rd., Poplarville.

Illegal substances were purchased from Henry during the investigation through the use of undercover operatives, Saucier said. With the information gathered in the investigation, a warrant was secured for his arrest for the sale of a controlled substance (Roxycodone), Saucier said. Henry was arrested on Feb. 27, on the warrant, the chief investigator said.