Two charged with drug possession

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Two suspects were recently arrested for possession of numerous drugs ranging from hydrocodone to morphine.

On Friday, May 15 at 10:12 a.m., Picayune Police officers were dispatched to a local bank in reference to two people slumped over inside a motor vehicle, Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri said.

Upon the officers’ arrival, they allegedly found the two subjects passed out inside the vehicle. One of the subjects, later identified as 45-year-old Donald Rester of 129 Sugar Creek Rd. in Carriere, was slumped over on the driver’s seat. While 41-year-old Laurie Purcella of 37378 Purcella Rd. in Pearl River, La., was passed out on the passenger seat, Magri said.

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At that time, the officers proceeded to knock on the car window to wake both subjects. When they did, officers asked them to exit the vehicle, Magri said.

As officers spoke with both subjects, they allegedly noticed Rester to be visibly unsteady on his feet with slurred speech while Purcella had difficulty staying awake, Magri said.

At that time, officers conducted a search of the vehicle and found a bottle of Tylenol and a blue unmarked bottle inside Purcella’s purse. The bottles contained seven white pills identified as hydrocodone, 21 gray pills identified as morphine, 19 off-white and 13 blue pills identified as oxycodone, three white rectangular pills identified as Xanax, 24 white pills identified as clonazepam and four yellow pills identified as diazepam. Officers also found a hand-rolled cigarette containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, Magri said.

Purcella was charged with four counts of felony possession of a controlled substance and four counts of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, Magri said.

Rester was charged with public drunkenness, Magri said.