More suspects nabbed under Operation Spring Cleaning

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Additional suspects have been arrested as part of the Picayune Police Department’s year-long undercover operation, Spring Cleaning.

According to a departmental press release, on April 5, undercover personnel from the Picayune Police Narcotics Division met with Kristi Anne Jones, 28, of 422 Second Street at a business on Frontage Road to purchase methamphetamine. The release states that Jones asked the undercover personnel for methamphetamine as payment for assisting in the transaction, which was to take place at a location off of Highway 11.

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Undercover personnel then met with Douglas Leroy Culpepper aka “Roy,” 43, of 2311 Jackson Landing Road at a business on Highway 11 North and discussed the purchase of narcotics. During the conversation, Culpepper unsuccessfully attempted to take money from the undercover operative and fled the scene on foot. 

Detectives then met with Jones on Frontage Road and

arrested her for conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, conspiracy to commit a crime and possession of paraphernalia due to used syringes being found on her person, the release states.

Later that day, detectives received information that Culpepper was at a home on Jasmine Drive in Nicholson. Detectives, patrol officers and a detective with the Pearl River County’s Sheriff’s department then located Culpepper, and arrested him for conspiracy to sell crystal methamphetamine.

On April 9 at about 1 p.m. detectives arrested Michael Angelo Raffiel Wilson, 43, of 408 North Buren Avenue, for an outstanding warrant with the Picayune Police Department for conspiracy to sell cocaine within 1,500 ft. of a church. Wilson was then transported to the Criminal Justice Center where he was booked and arrested for the warrant, the release states.

Later that same day at about 6:50 p.m. narcotics detectives conducted a traffic stop for careless driving on South Beech Street near Rosa Street.

Jason Lee Freeman, 20, of 236 Foxtrail Rd. was identified as the driver and found to be driving without valid insurance on the vehicle, the release states.

During the stop, detectives detected the odor of suspected marijuana from Freeman’s vehicle, prompting the officers to ask him to exit his vehicle and conducted a search.

In the search, the detectives located a hand rolled cigar containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and one clear plastic bag containing a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine in the vehicle. While questioning Freeman, detectives observed his pupils were constricted and he displayed disoriented body movement, indications he may be under the influence of illegal narcotics, the release states. Freeman declined undergoing a field sobriety test. In the passenger seat was an 11-year-old girl.

The release states that Freeman was arrested for D.U.I child endangerment, felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana in a vehicle, careless driving and no insurance.

The girl was later relinquished to the care of a guardian.