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Suspect caught with $5,000 in drugs

A Picayune man was arrested by the Picayune Police Department after he was found to have more than $5,000 worth of controlled substances in his possession.

According to a departmental release, the case began as part of proactive patrols that brought officers to the area of Richard Street. While passing through the 600 block of that road, officers detected the odor of marijuana in the area.

The release states that when they checked on the origin of that odor, they found a white vehicle parked in front of a house occupied by 24-year-old Eric Deshawn Raymond Vaughn, of 616 Richard St.

As the officers approached, Vaughn fled on foot, causing the officers to give chase. The release states that Vaughn was captured in a wooded area to the west of the home where his vehicle was parked.

After his detainment, the officers searched Vaughn’s vehicle, where they found a large plastic bag of a substance suspected to be crystal methamphetamine, a large plastic bag containing a green leafy substance suspected to be hydroponic marijuana and a plastic bag containing a number of multi-colored pills believed to be ecstasy in the vehicle’s center console, the release states.

Vaughn was arrested for trafficking a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute within 1,500 feet of a school or church and resisting arrest by fleeing, according to the release.

The estimated value of the controlled substances listed in the release are as follows; $4,500 in methamphetamine; $500 in ecstasy; and $480 in marijuana.