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Early morning round up gives harsh wake-up call

Demonte Myers was one of the first arrests of the morning in the Picayune Police Department’s round-up for narcotics charges. The Picayune Police Department worked with PRC Sheriff David Allison, Poplarville Police Chief Freddie Fazende and their departments in an investigation that took months to conclude. Jodi Marze | Picayune Item

 Brandon Kennard was one of the first arrests of the morning in the Picayune Police Department’s round-up for narcotics charges. The Picayune Police Department worked with PRC Sheriff David Allison, Poplarville Police Chief Charlie Fazende and their departments in an investigation that took months to conclude.
Jodi Marze | Picayune Item

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On Wednesday morning the Picayune Police Department conducted a roundup in a combined effort with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department and the Poplarville Police Department.

The effort concentrated on drug dealers throughout the city of Picayune and surrounding areas for the sale of controlled substances and other narcotic related charges, said Picayune Police Chief Bryan Dawsey.

“This is just another example of delivering results in the continuing effort of the Picayune Police Department’s commitment to taking drug dealers, users and criminals associated with the sale, use or manufacture of drugs off of the streets of our city,” Dawsey said. “The police department will not stop the war on drugs until we achieve our goal of a drug free city.”

Dawsey said that as chief of police, he has made a commitment to rid this city of the criminals who distribute these dangerous drugs to  children and citizens of Picayune.

“These drugs destroy the lives and families of the people who become involved in them,” Dawsey said. “They tear at the fabric of our society.”

The early morning round up took 13 suspects into custody, one of whom was a juvenile.

Linda Lytell, 60, of 133 Lake David Dr. and 44-year-old Angela Faia, of 7020 Chinquapin Ct. were each arrested for fraud in acquisition of a controlled substance and each given a $5,000 bond.

Joshua Hart, 23, of 904 Eighth St., who was already being held in the county jail was charged with two counts of sale of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a church or school and one count of conspiracy to sell a controlled substance. His bond was set at $135,000.

Erica Neilson, 30, and 39-year-old Stephen Kerry, of 73 North Hill Dr. in Carriere, were already in custody in county jail, and were each charged for one count of sale of a controlled substance within 1500 feet of a church or school. They each had their bond set at $60,000.

Zetrick Greer, 20, of 1116 Clarenda St., was already being held in Picayune’s Criminal Justice Center and was charged with two counts of conspiracy to sale a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a church or school and one count of selling a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a church or school. His bond was set at $135,000.

Jocelyne Mitchell, 23, of 900 Telly Rd., was arrested for one count of selling a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a church or school. Her bond was set at $60,000.

Derrick Taylor, 54, of 2704 Victoria Dr., was arrested for the sale of a counterfeit substance within 1,500 feet of a church or school.  His bond was set at $6,000.

Demonte Myers, 20, of 2105 Cousin St. was arrested for conspiracy to sell a controlled substance. His bond was set at $15,000.

Brandon Kennard, 22, of 2402 Jackson Landing Rd., was arrested for the sale of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a church or school. His bond was set at $60,000.

Jacob Metz, 20, of 20 Calias Lane, was arrested for the sale of controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a church or school. His bond was set at $60,000.

A 16-year-old juvenile male was also charged with conspiracy to sell a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a church or school.

Also, 21-year-old Kelton Jones of 806 Fourth St, was arrested for two counts of sale of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school/or church.   His bond was set at $90,000.

“This was a team effort and I would like to thank all of the officers of the Picayune Police Department for their hard work and dedication to make these roundups successful and making the arrest of these criminals,” Dawsey said. “I would also like to thank the Pearl River County Sheriff ‘s Department for their assistance, along with Picayune Public Housing officers and a special thank you to Chief Fazende and the Poplarville Police Department.”

“With their assistance and team work with our narcotic officers, numerous sale cases were made. Chief Fazende, Sheriff Allison and I are committed to making our county and cities drug free and a safer place for all of our citizens to live.”