House check finds drugs
Officers with two law enforcement agencies conducted a residence check where a number of drug violations were found.
Picayune Police Department Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri said the check was conducted on Oct. 23, when officers with his department assisted officers with the Mississippi Department of Corrections in conducting a check on a home located at 16 Dickerson Rd.
As the officers pulled up to the home they could see two men, later identified as 26-year-old Joseph Hartfield and 45-year-old Clarence Marshall, fleeing on foot. As the officers approached the home a woman identified as 24-year-old Kelly Silva attempted to stall the officers, but a search around the home located Marshall under the mobile home and Hartfield in a nearby field, Magri said.
During a search of the home the officers found a gun under a pillow on a table that showed signs of attempts being made to file off the serial number, Magri said.
A search of Silva’s possessions found a piece of foil in her cigarette pack that contained a substance field tests determined was methamphetamine, Magri said.
In the home, where all three suspects lived, officers found spoons in almost every room of the house that had a residue consistent with drug use, pieces of foil in the kitchen and a bedroom and straws with residue that all field tested positive for methamphetamine along with two digital scales, Magri said.
Marshall and Hartfield were both charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute within 1,500 feet of a school or church.
Silva was charged with obstructing justice, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute within 1,500 feet of a school or church, Magri said.
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