Two arrested for drug offenses

Published 7:00 am Friday, May 4, 2018

Narcotics detectives with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department arrested two suspects in relation to separate cases that involved drug offenses.

Sheriff David Allison said his detectives worked a case on March 26, where a Ford F-150 was seen traveling at a high rate of speed through Picayune.

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A stop was conducted along East Second Street and North Gray Avenue where the detective came into contact with 35-year-old Anthony Egana of 3926 Highway 43 North.

While speaking with the driver, the detective detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Egana was then asked to exit the vehicle and in the ensuing search the detective found a black backpack in the back seat containing bulk marijuana, marijuana packaged for resale and plastic bags and digital scales.

As a result of the findings in the search, Egana was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, Allison said.

Another arrest was conducted by detectives of the department on March 28, when a Ford Expedition was seen traveling in the center of the road while traveling down Rosa Street, Allison said.

When the detective attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the driver sped away and turned south on Davis Street before accelerating again.

Allison said that when the vehicle came to the intersection of Davis and Weems streets, the driver made it appear as though he was coming to a stop. But when the detective went to exit his patrol vehicle, the drive sped off again down Davis Street, passed Jarrell Street and then down Jackson Landing Road.

After turning west onto Jackson Landing Road, the vehicle came to a stop.

The detective noticed that as he approached, the occupants in the vehicle were moving around suspiciously. Each occupant was ordered to exit the vehicle.

Allison said that when 27-year-old Rahien Lyons of 534 Easterbrook St., Bay St. Louis exited the vehicle, a large bag of marijuana was seen near his feet where he was sitting.

Since the evidence pointed to Lyons being the owner of the bag and its contents, he was arrested for felony possession of marijuana, Allison said.