Checkpoint leads to drug arrest

Published 7:00 am Friday, December 21, 2018

A Pearl River, La. man was arrested for drug related offenses by officers with the Picayune Police Department during a routine checkpoint.

The arrest occurred on Dec. 12, when 25-year-old Gabriel Louis Jeasuan Wiley of 330 Third St., Pearl River, La., came to a checkpoint being conducted by Picayune Police officers.

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As the officers spoke with Wiley, they could detect the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and also noted that he could not provide proof of insurance and the tag light was not in working order on his vehicle, leading to a search of his vehicle, according to a departmental release.

In that search of the vehicle, the officers found a large bag containing a green leafy substance suspected to be high grade marijuana, a digital scale, a container with several smaller clear plastic bags and a grinder that had a residue from a green leafy substance, the release states. Also in the vehicle, the officers found a handgun in the glove box, firearm rounds, and a glass jar with several clear plastic bags containing a green leafy substance suspected to be high grade marijuana, the release states.

Officers requested that Wiley submit to a field sobriety test, but he refused, the release states.

Wiley was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute while in possession of a firearm, DUI refused test, no insurance and no tag light, the release states.