Two arrested for controlled substance violations

Published 7:00 am Friday, September 28, 2018

The Picayune Police Department arrested two people on Tuesday for possession of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm.

According to a departmental release, on Tuesday, Sept. 25 just after noon, Picayune Police narcotics detectives conducted a search at 106 Greenview Drive, after receiving several complaints from community members that alleged narcotics were being distributed from the home.

When they arrived at the house, detectives found Yvonne Adele Hirt, 33, of 106 Greenview Drive, in the front yard. Detectives told Hirt to put her hands behind her back, but she refused and instead allegedly lifted her hands as though she was about to fight, the release states. Hirt was immediately detained as a result.

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As detectives continued into the house, they smelled a strong odor of what they believed to be marijuana, the release states. Further in the residence, detectives detained another suspect, Shabazz Kennez Magee, 35, 106 Greenview Drive, who was hiding in the bathroom in the master bedroom.

According to the release, when detectives searched the master bedroom, they found a loaded black and nickel plated Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun with two loaded magazines, a black Stevens 12-gauge shotgun, $950 in miscellaneous cash and a box of rolling papers. Underneath the central air conditioning unit, detectives also found two glass jars full of a green leafy substance believed to be hydroponic marijuana.

In a kitchen cabinet, detectives found another glass jar with what they believed to be hydroponic marijuana, a digital scale with a leafy residue believed to be from hydroponic marijuana, a box of sandwich bags and multiple cigar wrappers. According to the release, these items are often used to package and distribute narcotics.

The firearms were seized since they were in proximity of narcotics.

Magee was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute while in the possession of a firearm. Hirt was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute while in possession of a firearm and disorderly conduct – failure to comply.

Approximately one pound of hydroponic marijuana was seized, which has an estimated street value of $2,000.