Team efforts find drugs

Published 7:00 am Saturday, June 2, 2018

Several drug related arrests were conducted by the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department recently.

Sheriff David Allison said that a case worked on April 5, resulted in the arrest of three people.

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It took place at about 2:30 that afternoon when narcotics detectives went to 111 Jasmine Dr., in conjunction with the Picayune Police Department narcotics unit to locate 43-year-old Douglas Leroy Culpepper of 2311 Jackson Landing Rd.

When they knocked on the door of the Jasmine Drive home, 30-year-old Logan Stockstill answered the door of his home.

While speaking with him, the detectives noticed drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine in plain view within the home. A search warrant was obtained and inside the detectives found Culpepper and 43-year-old Tami K. Bray, also of 111 Jasmine Dr., along with digital scales. The methamphetamine and paraphernalia was confiscated and Stockstill and Bray were arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and Culpepper was arrested for the warrant with the Picayune Police Department.

Another case worked on April 17 took place just before 2 a.m. when a deputy on patrol noticed a truck without a tag light traveling on Memorial Boulevard.

A stop was conducted and the deputy found 21-year-old Rodney Sauseda of 10459 Agave Road., Jacksonville, Fla. behind the wheel. When the deputy detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, Sauseda and his passenger, 25-year-old Kianna Staples of 472 St. John Dr., Satellite, Fla., were asked to exit the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle found a bag containing $18,000 in cash and a number of plastic bags with a residue suspected to be marijuana, envelopes containing THC wax and various drug paraphernalia.

Staples and Sauseda were arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and the cash was seized.

Later that same day at 2:30 p.m. Sheriff’s Department narcotics detectives along with detectives with the Picayune Police Department saw a suspicious vehicle with an out-of-county tag parked at a home in the Nicholson area. When the detectives ran the tag, they learned the vehicle had been stolen from Biloxi. Investigation into the situation determined that 27-year-old Charles A. Owens of 2826 Eighth Ave., Gulfport was driving the vehicle, leading to his arrest for possession of a stolen vehicle, Allison said.

In a separate case worked on April 30, deputies and detectives with the Sheriff’s Department and detectives with the Picayune Police Department were conducting a safety checkpoint at the intersection of Rock Ranch Road and George Ford Road when 39-year-old Brad Daigrepont of 57 East Ridge Dr., Carriere approached. While speaking with him, they noticed a set of scales in plain view, resulting in a search of the vehicle. Allison said that during the search, the detectives found methamphetamine, leading to his arrest and a search warrant for his home being secured.

In the search of his home, the detectives found his girlfriend was home, identified as 43-year-old Brooxie L. Moran. During the search they discovered a large amount of methamphetamine in a safe along with more than two-dozen firearms, homemade silencers under construction in a lab located in the garage and some LSD and Adderall, Allison said.

Both suspects were arrested for trafficking methamphetamine and Daigrepont was additionally arrested for possession of Adderall and LSD.  Moran was additionally arrested for a felony warrant out of St. Bernard Parish.

On May 8, another joint effort with Picayune Police narcotics detectives led to the arrest of 39-year-old Larry Heard of 14 Bonner Rd., Poplarville after a stop was conducted on his vehicle for no turn signal.

Allison said that the vehicle kept traveling down the road for a minute or so and Heard was seen throwing something from the passenger side window. It was recovered and determined to be a small amount of methamphetamine. A search of his person found more methamphetamine in his front pocket. He was then arrested for possession of methamphetamine, Allison said.

That same day, the team of detectives served a search warrant at 82 Whitesand Rd. During the search 44-year-old Norman Henry of 215 Whitesand Rd. pulled into the driveway and exited his vehicle. As he got out and realized law enforcement officers were present, he was seen removing a plastic bag from his pocket containing methamphetamine and dropping it to the ground, leading to his arrest for possession of methamphetamine, Allison said.

No contraband was found in the search of the home, Allison said.