Picayune Police Narcotics Division makes third arrest of the same person in less than 45 days
The old saying “the third time is a charm” could apply when you look at the Picayune Police Narcotics Division’s third arrest of the same person in less than 45 days.
Lori Suzanne Morgan, age 54, of 6 Charlie Kellar Road, Picayune, was arrested previously on December 14, 2017, and again January 4th, 2018, but on both of those arrests, she was able to bond out. The latest arrest may keep Morgan locked up this time.
A press release from Picayune Police Department Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri states that on January 24, 2018, at around 10:15pm, the Picayune Police Narcotics Division conducted an undercover operation on North Beech Street near Highway 43 North.
According to the press release, Morgan contacted undercover personnel and arranged to sell them approximately 1 ounce of what she said was Heroin and 1 ounce of what she said was Crystal Methamphetamine.
Narcotic detectives had Morgan under surveillance in unmarked vehicles when she left a local neighborhood just off North Beech Street driving a blue Nissan Altima. While Morgan was driving to the predetermined buy location for the narcotics, detectives observed her to leave the roadway several times and to also have a busted tail light on the vehicle she was driving.
Due to Morgan’s vehicle leaving the roadway and possible danger to others, detectives activated their blue lights and attempted to conduct a traffic stop at the intersection of North Beech Street and Westchester Drive, but Morgan refused to yield when signaled by the detectives. Morgan continued on North Beech Street until she came in contact with a Picayune Police Patrol Officer at the intersection of Highway 43 North. At this time, Morgan’s vehicle made a left hand turn and the vehicle came to a stop on Highway 43 North.
Morgan was commanded to exit her vehicle, but she refused. Detectives and patrol officers were able to remove her from the vehicle and placed Morgan under arrest for Careless Driving, Improper Equipment, and Failure to Yield When Officer Signals.
Narcotic detectives then conducted a search of Morgan’s vehicle locating one large clear plastic bag containing a brown powdered substance believed to be Heroin, and one large plastic bag containing a crystal substance believed to be Crystal Methamphetamine underneath the front center console. Detectives also located several used syringes and one loaded syringe containing a clear liquid substance believed to be Crystal Methamphetamine inside the glove box along with one single orange film believed to be Suboxone (Schedule III).
Morgan was subsequently placed under arrest for two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell within 1500 feet of a Church, two counts of Conspiracy to Sell a Controlled Substance with 1500 feet of a Church, Possession of a Controlled Substance (felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance (misdemeanor), and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Morgan was transported to the Criminal Justice Center, booked, and incarcerated on the said charges. Additionally, Morgan’s vehicle was seized due to it being used to transports illegal narcotics that were intended for distribution.
The street value of the Heroin was $800.00 and the street value of the Crystal Methamphetamine was $900.00 according to Magri.
Morgan’s bond was set at $1,253,250.00.