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Proactive patrolling leads to two arrests

In a press release, Picayune Police Department Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri said that the Picayune Police Narcotics Division was conducting proactive patrolling and made two illegal narcotic arrests.

Magri states in the press release that on June 11th, at approximately 1:40 p.m., Narcotic Detectives observed a blue Honda van with an expired license plate traveling west on Highway 43 South. Detectives conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Highway 43 South near Stafford Road for an expired tag.

When the Detectives approached the vehicle, they made contact with two passengers identified as Jill Alaine Duke, age 47, of 6575 Highway 11 North, Carriere, and Jeremiah Anis Harper, age 36, of 52 Oak Drive, Picayune.

Jill Alaine Duke Jeremiah Anis Harper

While speaking with Harper, Detectives observed him to be holding an open 32 ounce Miller Lite bottle of beer. At this time, Detectives asked both suspects to exit the vehicle and both compiled with the request. While speaking with Duke and Harper, Detectives observed there to be a piece of aluminum foil containing a brown powdery substance believed to be Heroin laying on the ground next to both Duke and Harper’s feet. When asked about the narcotic, both suspects denied being in possession of it.

At this time, Detectives conducted a search of the vehicle and located several used syringes containing a brown liquid believed to be Heroin, one burnt spoon containing a burnt residue believed to be Heroin residue, and several empty pieces of cut aluminum foil inside of Duke’s purse. These items are consistent with the use and preparation of Heroin.

Duke was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance (felony) and Possession of Paraphernalia. Harper was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance (felony) and Open Beer.

Both suspects were transported to the Criminal Justice Center, booked, and incarcerated.

The driver of the vehicle was given a citation for Expired Tag and released at the scene.


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