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Three nabbed for illegal narcotics

Picayune Police Patrol Division officer and Pearl River County Sheriff Department deputies were conducting a safety checkpoint at April 4th at around 9:00pm at Interstate 59, Exit 1 near Highway 11 South, when they stopped a black Chevy Surburban, driven by Anthony Lawrence Anselmo, Jr.,age 51, of 42 Sam Mitchell Road, Picayune.

Anselmo presented the officer with an expired driver’s license and could not produce a valid insurance card. Officers also observed an open beer in the rear floor board of the vehicle and they also learned there was a firearm in the vehicle.

Officers had Anselmo exit the vehicle and recovered a 380 caliber hand gun. The officer checked with NCIC and learned Anselmo was a convicted felon and took him into custody.

Officers searched the vehicle and located a small blue bag in the rear of the vehicle that contained numerous clear plastic bags and a plastic pill bottle with both containing a green leafy substance believed to be Marijuana. The officer found another pill bottle that contained three blue and two red pills identified as Adderral (Schedule II narcotic). Also in the bag, the officer found a metal grinder which smelled of Marijuana.

Anselmo was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana) with Intent to Distribute While in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Controlled Substance (felony), Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Open Beer, Expired Driver’s License, No Insurance, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Anselmo was transported to the Criminal Justice where he was booked and incarcerated.

On April 5th, at around 8:30pm, while patrolling the area of Highway 43 South near the RaceTrac convenience store, an officer observed a Chevy Silverado pickup truck with a Mississippi tag with the face being defaced and the month year decal being unreadable.

The officer ran a report on the tag and found out the tag had expired in October 2017.

The officer conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of the convenience store. Upon speaking with the male driver, identified as Todd Matthew Payne, age 44, of 20553 Moore Road, Franklinton, LA., the officer observed a female passenger, Tiffany Grace Chugden, age 36, of 18140 Derbes Drive, Covington, LA, to be very nervous, shaking, and stuttering in her speech.

Todd Matthew Payne Tiffany Grace Chugden

The officer had Payne exit the vehicle and at that time, a second officer arrived on the scene and had Chugden exit the vehicle. While conversing with Chugen, it was learned through investigation that the vehicle contained methamphetamine and some paraphernalia.

Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and located three plastic baggies containing a crystal like substance believed to be Crystal Methamphetamine, two pills identified as Diazepam and Klonopin, and three straws containing a white residue. All of the items were found in Chugden’s purse. At this point, she was taken into custody.

During a further search of the vehicle, officers located a clear plastic pipe in the stereo console that contained a residue. Payne was taken into custody.

Both Chugen and Payne were transported to the Criminal Justice Center. Upon arrival, a more thorough search of Chugden by a female officer was conducted and the officer located another clear plastic bag containing a crystal like substance believed to be Crystal Methamphetamine in Chugden’s crotch area.

Chugen was charged and booked for Possession of a Controlled Substance (felony), two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (misdemeanor), and Possession of Paraphernalia. Payne was charged and booked for Possession of Paraphernalia.

Both Chugden and Payne were incarcerated at the Criminal Justice Center.


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