Several arrested on drug offenses

Published 7:00 am Thursday, February 16, 2017

Deputies with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department worked two cases that resulted in suspects being arrested for drug offenses.
One case took place on Feb. 2, where deputies responded to a home located at 4 Grand Oaks Drive in Carriere due to reports of a suspicious person loitering on the porch, said Sheriff David Allison.
When deputies arrived, they found 34-year-old Daniel Wayne Tate of 1525 Magnolia Street, Slidell, La., on the porch. Allison said a pat down was conducted for officer safety, where deputies found paraphernalia, 15 ounces of high-grade marijuana and digital scales in his backpack. The evidence was consistent with the distribution of drugs, Allison said. Deputies also found a small amount of methamphetamine in his possession, Allison said. Tate was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance for the methamphetamine. During booking, $3,400 worth of currency in Tate’s possession was seized. Allison said the marijuana had a street value of about $4,000.
On that same day, narcotics detectives on patrol saw 34-year-old Jessica Longoria of 137 Jasmine Drive driving in the Nicholson area. Since detectives knew she had a warrant out for her arrest, a stop was conducted, Allison said.
After Longoria was taken into custody for the warrants, the investigators spoke with the passenger, 24-year-old Anne Saul, of 1809 U.S. 11 South, and observed paraphernalia in the vehicle, Allison said.
Backup arrived, allowing the investigators to search the vehicle while the suspects were detained. During that search, the investigators recovered heroin, the paraphernalia and a firearm from the vehicle. Longoria was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance for the heroin, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Allison said. Saul was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance for the heroin.
While conducting inventory of the vehicle, one of the suspects asked if she could call the vehicle’s owner to come and retrieve it. When the investigators learned the vehicle belonged to 39-year-old Michael Croney of 1096 River Road, Nicholson, they allowed her to place the call, knowing Croney had warrants out for his arrest. When Croney arrived he was arrested for the warrants, which were for no insurance and improper equipment.

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