Police pick up man on drugs during routine call

Published 7:00 am Thursday, December 10, 2015

PD crime

Michael O’Neill. Submitted photo.

A call about a suspicious man turned into a drug-related arrest after officers with the Picayune Police Department found the suspect to be in possession of marijuana.

On Dec. 6 at 2:38 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Third Street in reference to a suspicious person attempting to gain entry into a home. When officers arrived at the home, they observed a suspect matching the description. The man was attempting to get inside a vehicle bearing a Louisiana license plate, Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri said.

When the officers spoke to the suspect, 21-year-old Michael O’Neill of 645 Kostmayer Ave. in Slidell, Louisiana, they detected a strong odor of what they believed to be marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and observed a large amount of cash laying on the driver’s seat, Magri said.

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When officers conducted a search of the vehicle, they discovered a set of digital scales that contained a residue of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and a large brown bag inside the trunk that contained a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, Magri said.

Information regarding how much marijuana was discovered wasn’t available in the report, Magri said.

The cash, which totaled $1,657, was seized under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Magri said.

O’Neill was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute within 1,500 feet of a school or church. O’Neill has since been released on bond, which was set at $15,000, Magri said.