Warrant leads to arrests

Published 3:08 pm Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Pearl River County Sheriff’s office executed a search warrant that resulted in arrests and the seizure of methamphetamine with a estimated street value of  $18,000 along with firearms and cash, said Maj. Donnie Saucier.

On March 19, deputies executed a search warrant they obtained after receiving community complaints and conducting subsequent surveillance, of a home located at 548 F.Z. Goss Rd., in Picayune. At the residence they encountered Billie-Bob J. Roberts, 33; Daniel R. Ladner, 25; Debbie L. Bell, 36; and Allen D. Bell, 36, all of the same address, Saucier said.

A search of the residence discovered 90 grams of methamphetamine divided into three separate bags, scales, baggies, four firearms, and $345 in U.S. currency, which was seized, Saucier said.

While executing the warrant, the officers encountered pit bulls on the property and saw numerous surveillance cameras, Saucier said.

“The methamphetamine was relatively pure and had not been processed for distribution yet,” Saucier continued. “It had a potential of $18,000 in street value.”

As a result of their search, deputies charged Roberts and Ladner with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, Saucier said. Ladner had an outstanding warrant for grand larceny and was arrested on that charge, Saucier said.

Debbie Bell and Allen Bell were charged with accessory after the fact, Saucier said.