Sheriff’s Dept. arrests several

Published 7:00 am Friday, August 1, 2014

Two search warrants served on separate homes in separate cases led to arrests for violations of state laws.

Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison said the first of the two search warrants began as a traffic stop conducted on a vehicle driven by 30-year-old Marcus T. Adams of 715 S. Haugh Ave., on July 14.

The stop was conducted because narcotics investigators noticed Adams operating a vehicle that contained three juvenile passengers that were unrestrained, Allison said.

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As officers made contact with Adams during the stop, he was found to be in possession of marijuana and more than $1,000 in cash, leading them to request a search warrant for his home.

Adams was arrested on the charges of no seatbelt for the unrestrained juveniles and possession of marijuana; the cash he had on his person was seized, Allison said.

A search warrant was secured and during the check of his home narcotics investigators found a drug known as MDMA, or commonly called ecstasy, marijuana and two handguns, the sheriff said.

Allison said while the investigators were searching the home, 28-year-old Kimberly McMooain arrived, who also lives at that address. The discoveries during the search led to Adams and McMooain each being charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute while in possession of a firearm, Allison said.

A second investigation that led to the serving of a search warrant on July 15, began after the narcotics division and officers with the Mississippi Department of Corrections received several complaints from several community members alleging illegal activity was taking place at a home located at 3370 Jackson Landing Rd., Allison said.

The complaints stated that several known convicted felons had been seen at the home, and that people were constantly in and out of a shed in the back yard, Allison said.

Narcotics detectives arrived at the house that day with a warrant and found two individuals at the home, 42-year-old Contina Pittman of 3370 Jackson Landing Rd., and 36-year-old Meko Rice of 803 Weems St., Allison said.

As the officer spoke with Rice, they found him to be in possession of more than $15,000 in cash, and an inspection of the shed in the rear of the home located two handguns.

During the search 30-year-old Joshua Smith of 3370 Jackson Landing Rd., arrived at the home, Allison said.

Since all three were convicted felons they were all charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and the cash in Rice’s possession was seized, Allison said.

Investigation into that case will continue, the sheriff said.