Search warrant leads to arrest of Picayune resident

Published 7:00 am Saturday, March 10, 2018

Investigators with the Picayune Police Department narcotics division checking into a community complaint armed with a search warrant found enough evidence to a man for possessing narcotics.

According to a departmental release, the warrant was served on Feb. 28 at about 2:21 p.m. at 1300 Ausborn Rd. It was obtained after the department received several complaints from neighbors alleging 27-year-old Stephen Blake Kennedy was allegedly selling illegal narcotics from the home.

When detectives arrived to the home, they found Kennedy sitting on his front porch and was detained, the release states.

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Investigators then entered the house found a digital scale with residue from a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and $260 in cash on Kennedy’s night stand. The release states that the investigators also found a sawed off shotgun, four clear plastic bags containing a green leafy substance believed to be hydroponic marijuana, several multi colored plastic bags, one rubber skull container with a brown wax substance believed to be hashish and several paraphernalia items in his bedroom.

According to the release, the bags and scale are commonly used to distribute illegal substances, so Kennedy was arrested for possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute while in possession of a firearm, possession of synthetic marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, the release states.