Woman arrested on narcotics charges, felon shows gun to investigators

Published 7:00 am Friday, July 11, 2014

Narcotics detectives with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department conducted two arrests based on community complaints.

Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison said one of the complaints was reported on June 23, after a tip from a postal worker alleged a woman may have attempted to send narcotics through the mail.

Narcotics investigators arrived at the business and spoke with the complainant who said suspicions arose after the customer said she was shipping pictures, but the envelope had bulges, Allison said.

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The investigators opened the envelope to find several doses of soma and more than 20 doses of tramadol wrapped in newspaper, Allison said.

Surveillance footage was used to identify the woman attempting to mail the narcotics as 49-year-old Sabra Ann Chase of 258 Burgetown Rd., Carriere, Allison said.

The investigators contacted Chase at her home where, during the investigation, it was determined she was attempting to send the narcotics to a resident in the state of Oklahoma, Allison said. The sheriff said the investigation showed she was allegedly successful in mailing narcotics out of the state on two previous occasions.

Chase was taken into custody for two counts of transfer of a controlled substance, Allison said.

The sheriff said her vehicle was seized because the investigation showed she used it to have medication sent through the mail.

Narcotics detectives worked another case that began as a compliant on June 26, where they responded to a report of narcotic activity near 3199 Jackson Landing Rd.

Allison said the investigators arrived at the apartment complex shortly after 10:30 p.m. to find 28-year-old Richard Smith of 114 Hidden Hills Dr.,Carriere, walking in the area.

As the investigators exited their vehicle they could smell the odor of burnt marijuana. Allison said as they approached Smith and identified themselves, he pulled up his shirt to reveal a pistol sticking out of the waistband of his pants.

The investigators drew their weapons and ordered Smith to raise his hands before taking the weapon from his waistband, Allison said. A check with the National Crime Information Center determined Smith was a convicted felon for a crime committed in Louisiana, leading him to be charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The investigators attempted to locate the origin of the marijuana odor, but were unsuccessful.