Two more arrested in Police Department’s Spring Cleaning

Published 7:00 am Saturday, May 26, 2018

More arrests were made as part of the Picayune Police Department’s Operation Spring Cleaning.

According to a departmental release, on May 17 at about 3 p.m., Picayune Police Narcotics detectives were dispatched to a local business on Highway 43 South where they arrested James Busetto Penton, 32, 03 Roger Penton Road, Carriere for a warrant for conspiracy to sell a controlled substance (methamphetamine) within 1,500 feet of a church, the release states.

According to the release, on May 22, just after noon, Narcotics detectives proactively patrolling the city saw a red Ford Explorer on Bay Street near Palestine Road with a broken windshield, leading to a stop for improper equipment, the release states. When detectives approached the vehicle they asked the driver for a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance, the release states. According to the release, the driver was identified as Rex Donald Moak, 57, 177 Koch Road, Picayune.

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While speaking with Moak, detectives noticed a strong odor of what was suspected to be marijuana coming from the vehicle, the release states. During a search of Moak’s person, detectives found a plastic bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be hydroponic marijuana as well as a plastic bag with a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, the release states.

Moak was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle and improper equipment, the release states.

According to the release, after Moak was arrested, detectives conducted a search of the vehicle and found a butcher knife next to the front driver seat. A check of his record by detectives discovered that Moak had a prior conviction a convicted felon, leading to him being additionally arrested for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.