• Carey Meitzler

Operation Spring Cleaning continues to produce drug related arrests


The Picayune Police Department Narcotics Division continues to make narcotics arrests as part of the ongoing Operation Spring Cleaning initiative. Picayune Police Department Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri released the following information in a press release.

On April 23rd at around 8:38pm, Picayune Police Narcotics Division along with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, executed a search warrant in reference to several community complaints of illegal narcotics being used at a local motel.

Upon making entry into a room at the motel, Narcotic Detectives came in contact with two suspects, James Douglas Owens, age 33, of 55 H.K. Lewis Road, Carriere, and Kathy Dianne Owens, age 54, of 54 H.K. Lewis Road, Carriere.

James Douglas Owens Kathy Dianne Owens

While speaking with the suspects, Narcotic Detectives noticed that both suspects were unable to control their body movements and their eyes appeared to have constricted pupils, which is a sign consistent with the use of Methamphetamine.

While conducting a search of the room, Narcotic Detectives located a clear plastic bag containing a crystal substance believed to be crystal methamphetamine and a metal spoon, which contained a burnt residue. The items were inside of a purse which was on the bed in the room.

Neither James or Kathy Owen claimed to be in possession of the narcotic and paraphernalia, and therefore both were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance (felony) and Possession of Paraphernalia. Both suspects were transported to the Criminal Justice Center where they were booked and incarcerated.

While James was entering the Criminal Justice Center, Picayune Police Correctional Officers found a clear plastic bag containing a crystal substance, believed to be crystal methamphetamine, tied around James Owen’s private parts. He was subsequently charged with Introducing Contraband into a Jail Facility (felony).

Jessica Lynn Morano

In another Operation Spring Cleaning related action, Picayune Police Narcotics Detectives arrested Jessica Lynn Morano on April 24th at approximately 2:50pm.

The Picayune Police Department held an outstanding warrant on Morano for Sale of a Controlled Substance Within 1500 feet of a Church and for Conspiracy to Sell a Controlled Substance Within 1500 feet of a Church. Morano was booked and incarcerated at the Criminal Justice Center.


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