Seven suspects still being sought
Seven suspects are still wanted by the Picayune Police Department as part of a roundup conducted Thursday.
Picayune Police Department Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri said one of the eight suspects wanted by the department, 28-year-old Paakiki Victor of 221 S. Abrams Ave., was arrested Friday for two counts of sale of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school or church.
The seven remaining suspects still at large are 29-year-old Paul Simmons Jr., of 1910 E. Canal St., for sale of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school or church; 35-year-old Janie Hilton of 185 Fox Trail Rd., for five counts of fraudulent acquisition of a prescription; 45-year-old Lora Miller of 43 McCarty Island Rd., for fraudulent acquisition of a prescription; 32-year-old Kenyauarn Delaney of 809 Telly Rd., for sale of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school or church; 27-year-old Ransom Perkins IV of 1103 Merrydale Dr., for uttering forgery; 24-year-old Anthony Landor of 1216 Fern Dr., for sale of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school or church and 24-year-old Christopher Nixon of 207 N. Monroe Ave., for sale of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school or church and conspiracy to sell a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school or church.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these suspects is asked to call the Picayune Police Department at 601-798-7411. If community members would like to submit a tip anonymously they can call 601-799-CLUE, Magri said.
During Thursday’s operation law enforcement officials set out to pick up a total of 18 suspects, 11 were arrested, 10 of which had outstanding warrants obtained as part of a three month investigation into alleged drug sales and other violations of the law.
Officers came into contact with the unexpected eleventh suspect while attempting to serve a search warrant at a home on East Canal Street. At that time he was found to be in possession of marijuana and a stolen firearm, leading to his arrest.
The operation was conducted through a working relationship with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi Department of Corrections, Department of Homeland Security and the Poplarville Police Department.
“We’re going to continue the fight,” Picayune Police Chief Bryan Dawsey said in Thursday’s story.