Police Department arrests locals for $10,000 worth of marijuana

Published 3:48 pm Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The Picayune Police Department arrested two Picayune residents for possession of $10,000 worth of marijuana.

On Jan. 15, Picayune patrol officers observed a 2014 Nissan Altima fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Adcox Road and Highway 43 North, according to a press release from the Picayune Police Department.

A patrolman conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and spoke to the driver, identified as 28-year-old Leon Washington, of 700 N. Main St., Apt. 14, and the passenger, identified as 21-year-old Deandrea Cunningham, also of 700 N. Main St., Apt. 14.

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While speaking with the driver, the patrol officer could smell marijuana inside the vehicle, according to the release.

Washington admitted that he had a bag of marijuana in his back pocket, which the officer retrieved, the release states. Washington was then arrested.

During a search of the vehicle, the patrolman located a duffel bag with several double vacuum sealed bags of marijuana. The marijuana had an approximate street value of $10,000, according to the release.

Washington and Cunningham were both arrested for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. Washington was also wanted by the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a probation violation.

Washington’s bond was set at $30,000 and Cunningham’s was set at $12,500.