• Carey Meitzler

Picayune Undercover Narcotic Detectives arrest four suspects


Akinsola Lorenzo "Five" Berry

Jerry Antony Marshall

Lisa Ann Tastet

Salina Marie Craft

While sitting in their unmarked patrol car at a local gas station, Picayune Police Undercover Narcotic Detectives observed suspicious behavior by the occupants of a parked car, and after investigating the situation, Detectives made four arrests, including three on narcotic charges.

According to Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri, on September 20th, at around 1:16pm, Detectives approached a black car that was parked at a gas station on Highway 11 South. Detectives observed a passenger in the rear of the car to have what appeared to be a digital scale and a clear bag containing a crystal substance in his hands. Detectives identified themselves as police officers and the suspect immediately opened the door and ran south on foot in attempt to elude the Detectives.

Detectives chased the suspect, and while chasing him, noticed he had an open knife in his hand. Detectives also observed the suspect throw a black bag into the air as he tried to run away from them. Shortly after the suspect threw the bag, one of the Detectives was able to get close enough to the suspect to tase him, but the taser had not effect on him. Another Detective tased the suspect and this time he fell to the ground. The suspect became combative and attempted to strike the Detectives with his fist and his feet. Detectives were able to disarm the suspect, identified as, Akinsola Lorenzo "Five" Berry, age 38, of 402 South Blanks Avenue, Picayune, and take him into custody.

One of the Detectives stayed with Berry while the other Detective went back to the car and made contact with the additional three suspects and ordered them to exit the vehicle and lay on the ground, but they refused to cooperate with the Detective's instructions. The Detective was able to remove all three suspects from the vehicle and take them into custody. The suspects were identified as Salina Marie Craft, age 38, of 40 Checker Mitchell Road, Picayune; Lisa Ann Tastet, age 28, of 3307 Jackson Landing Road, Nicholson; and Jerry Antony Marshall, age 58, of 7 Darby Lane, Carriere.

The black bag that Berry discarded during the chase was located and it was found to contain a crystal substance and a glass pipe containing a burnt white residue, which is commonly used to inhale crystal methamphetamine. At this time, the Detectives conducted a search of the vehicle and located a digital scale containing a crystal like substance believed to be Crystal Methamphetamine on the rear passenger floor board as well as several empty clear plastic bags and an additional pipe on the front floor board, which none of the suspects claimed. The Detectives also found several cell phones and kept them for evidence. Through further investigation, Detectives learned that Tastet and Marshall were purchasing Crystal Methamphetamine from Berry.

Berry was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute within 1500 feet of a school or church, Resisting Arrest by Fleeing, and Possession of Paraphernalia. Marshall and Taset were placed under arrest for Conspiracy to Commit a Crime (felony), Disorderly Conduct Failure to Comply, and Possession of Paraphernalia. Craft was place under arrest for Disorderly Conduct Failure to Comply.

Berry, Marshall, Tastet, and Craft were transported to the Criminal Justice Center where they were book on the above charges and incarcerated.

Evidence taken during the undercover operations on September 20

(gas station on Highway 11 South & high speed chase to Kiln)


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