Stolen console leads police to drug discovery

Published 7:00 am Saturday, October 17, 2015

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SURPRISE DISCOVERY: Picayune Police detectives discovered marijuana, cash and a digital scale inside a home. Submitted photo.

What began as a search for a stolen PlayStation led Picayune Police detectives to discover approximately four pounds of high-grade marijuana known as hydroponic weed valued at $25,000 inside a Picayune home this past Wednesday.

Detectives responded to a call at 12:52 p.m. in reference to information about a stolen PlayStation possibly located inside a residence at 113 Greenview Drive. After receiving consent from the homeowner, 50-year-old Robert Spence, to search the home, detectives entered the residence in an attempt to locate the PlayStation and immediately smelled a strong odor, believed to be marijuana, Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri said.

A search of the home led detectives to discover the narcotic inside Spence’s bedroom, including a plastic bag of a substance believed to be marijuana on his bedroom dresser, a glass jar containing three individual plastic bags with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana inside, another glass jar containing 15 individual bags of the substance and a digital scale. Detectives also found a black safe on the floor beside the bed. The safe contained three large jars, each with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, one large bag containing marijuana and $143 in cash, Magri said.

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The PlayStation was recovered after being discovered in the spare bedroom, Magri said.

Spence was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute within 1,500 feet of a school or church and receiving stolen property, Magri said.