Community compliant alerts officers to drugs

Published 7:00 am Friday, February 23, 2018

A report of alleged illegal activity at a Picayune home led to the arrest of two suspects for the sale of illegal narcotics.

On Jan. 10 at roughly 1 p.m., Picayune Police detectives conducted a search at 927 East Canal Street, after receiving reports that narcotics were allegedly being sold from the residence leading them to obtain a warrant to investigate.

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When detectives entered the house, they found Andre Rene Johnson, 54, of 927 East Canal St., trying to flush plastic bags of methamphetamine down the master bathroom toilet, according to departmental reports. Johnson was immediately detained and placed under arrest. Detectives then discovered Stanley Jerome Aultman, 36, 803 Lakewood Ave., trying to hide in the master bedroom closet. After detaining both men, detectives continued their search of the house.

In addition to the methamphetamine Johnson was trying to flush down the toilet, detectives seized a tin can containing bags of methamphetamine, a black scale containing methamphetamine on the night stand, glass pipes, torch lighters, a butcher knife and a tennis ball packed with several pieces of an off-white rocky substance suspected to be cocaine, the report states. Since torch lighters and glass pipes are often used to inhale narcotics, they were confiscated as paraphernalia.

Through investigative techniques, detectives gathered evidence that showed Johnson allegedly sold narcotics from his residence close to the time of the search and was planning with Aultman to sell more.

Johnson was placed under arrest for sale of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school, two counts of conspiracy to sell a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school, two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of a weapon by a felon, felony possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and possession of paraphernalia, the report states.

Aultman was arrested for conspiracy to sell a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school, disorderly conduct and failure to comply, according to the report.