Picayune Police makes meth-related arrest

Published 7:00 am Saturday, November 19, 2016

Another drug related arrest was conducted on Nov. 15 as part of the ongoing Picayune Police Department’s Operation Fall Sweep.
While conducing undercover operations in Picayune, detectives observed several vehicles entering and exiting the residence of 1410 5th Avenue, in a manner consistent with the sale of narcotics, Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri said.
Due to this activity, and other information gathered, detectives obtained a search warrant for that address, where Jim Lumpkin, 37, resided, Magri said.
During the search, detectives found a hidden compartment in a workbench in the garage that contained two plastic jars containing multiple plastic bags and a set of digital scales that had what was believed to be crystal methamphetamine residue, Magri said.
Lumpkin was not at the home when the search was conducted, so detectives set up surveillance of the area, Magri said.
At 12:35 p.m. that same day, detectives observed Lumpkin driving on Goodyear Boulevard in a black Chevrolet Silverado, Magri said.
Lumpkin saw the detectives and began driving at a high rate of speed, running several stop signs on the way to his residence, where detectives took him into custody, Magri said.
A 16-year-old was also riding in the vehicle where detectives found a silicone tube with a false bottom containing 20 plastic bags of what was believed to be methamphetamine, a glass pipe containing a crystallized substance and two pills later identified as Alprazlam, Magri said.
Detectives searched Lumpkin, recovering $1,825 in his front pocket, Magri said.
Lumpkin was arrested for possession of paraphernalia, careless driving, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute with 1,500 feet of a school or church, felony child neglect and possession of a controlled substance, Magri said. Lumpkin is being held at the Picayune jail on a $151,750 bond, Magri said.

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