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Picayune PD busts two for drugs

Picayune police officers conducted two arrests for drug related charges recently.

The first began as a complaint of a suspicious person walking down Canal Street, which brought officers into contact with 39-year-old Carol Stockstill on Sept. 6 at about 6:45 that morning, said Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri.

As the officers spoke with Stockstill, of 1819 Johnny K. St.; she told the officer she was walking to Slidell La. and gave a false name to the officer, Magri said.

A female officer was called to the scene to conduct a pat down of Stockstill for officer safety, during which the officer found clonazepam and tramadol in her possession, Magri said.

In Stockstill’s purse, officers found a syringe and a spoon with a clear residue on it, which Stockstill later stated she used for heroin, Magri said.

Another backup officer arrived, who recognized Stockstill and positively identified her, Magri.

As the officers attempted to place her into custody she tried to flee on foot, but the officers were able to detain her. Magri said she was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and public drunk.

A second incident on Sept. 6 at 12:45 p.m. involved an officer observing the driver of a vehicle not wearing a seatbelt and running a stop sign along Haugh Avenue. Magri said the officer 

conducted a stop, but as the officer walked up to the car the driver sped off and the officer lost sight of the vehicle in the subsequent pursuit.

Officers on duty at that time canvased the area and later found the vehicle parked at the end of Harvey Street in a wooded area near the Hobolochitto Creek, but the driver had fled on foot, Magri said.

A social security card left in the vehicle determined the driver was 44-year-old Joseph Kilner III of 2007 Adcox Rd., who had warrants out for his arrest with the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Department for aggravated burglary, Magri said.

Another officer on duty saw a man exiting a wooded area soaking wet and attempting to get into a motel room on U.S. 11, Magri said.

The man was identified as Kilner and taken into custody. Officers then searched the vehicle and found an open beer in the center console, a hollow plastic pen with a burnt residue on the tip and copper scouring pad under the seat; the last two items were indicative of drug use, Magri said.

Kilner was charged with no seatbelt, running a stop sign, resisting arrest by fleeing, failure to yield to blue lights and siren, possession of open beer, no insurance, possession of paraphernalia and careless driving, Magri said.

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Department placed a hold on Kilner for the outstanding burglary warrant.