Police traffic stops net drug busts

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Three people were arrested two weeks ago after a routine traffic stop netted drugs and drug paraphernalia.

On Aug. 17, Picayune officers received notice from the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department regarding 40-year-old Christopher Kennedy of 40 Pat Davis Rd. who allegedly attempted a residential burglary in the county and was driving around in a white Dodge pickup truck with a loud exhaust, Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri said.

Later that night, a Picayune officer on patrol noticed a vehicle matching the description driving on Highway 11. The officer conducted a traffic stop at Main Street and Fourth Avenue at 8:26 p.m. and asked the driver, Kennedy, to step out of the vehicle. When the officer conducted a pat down, he recovered a glass pipe with burnt residue and two plastic bags containing a white crystallized substance believed to be crystal methamphetamine inside Kennedy’s pant’s pocket, Magri said.

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Kennedy was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia, Magri said.

In a separate case, two people were arrested on Aug. 14 after a traffic stop for improper equipment, no tag light, led to the discovery of methamphetamine and marijuana inside the vehicle, Magri said.

The traffic stop was conducted at the intersection of West Canal and Main Street at 12:08 a.m. The driver, 52-year-old Glenn Mitchell of 123 Lilac Dr., appeared to have constricted eyes and was unable to provide insurance, Magri said.

Through the initial investigation of the case, the officer found Glenn had outstanding warrants with the sheriff’s department for bad checks, Magri said.

At that time, the officer asked Glenn and his passenger, 28-year-old Jamie Mitchell of 46 McCarty Island Rd., to exit the vehicle before conducting a vehicle inventory, Magri said.

The officer then discovered a clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana under the driver’s floor mat. He also found a purse, which belonged to Jamie Mitchell, containing two plastic bags with crystal methamphetamine, a set of digital scales, 28 small empty plastic bags and a purple glass pipe, Magri said.

Jamie was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute within 1,500 feet of a school or church and possession of paraphernalia, Magri said.

Glenn refused a field sobriety test. He was charged with DUI, first offense refused test, possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle, no insurance, improper equipment and no tag light, Magri said.