Welfare call leads to drug charges

Published 7:00 am Friday, July 3, 2015

Deputies conducting a welfare check discovered drug activity in a home, leading to three suspects being arrested.
Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison said the call was received on June 15, which concerned a person being unable to reach their family member by phone. Deputies arrived at the home to find 39-year-old Stephen McDonald of 1200 Fern Dr., allegedly bagging up a substance believed to be methamphetamine on a table in the living room, Allison said.
Deputies also found 23-year-old Chantel Mejia of 54 Archie Dossett Rd., and 40-year-old Carol McClaine of 1819 Johnny K. Street in the home, along with McClaine’s underage child.
After securing the occupants of the home, deputies found the homeowner in one of the bedrooms in a disoriented and weakened state, Allison said.
Narcotics officers were called to the home and as they escorted McDonald to a patrol vehicle they noticed him drop methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana from his pocket to the ground, Allison said.
McDonald was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, Allison said.
Mejia was found to be in possession of a substance believed to be methamphetamine, leading her to be charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to possess a controlled substance, Allison said.
McClaine was charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia; her child was released at the scene to a family member, Allison said.
The homeowner was determined to be unaware of the activity in the residence so was not charged, but was taken to Highland Community Hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening medical emergency, Allison said.

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