Two arrests made by Picayune Narcotics Division

The Picayune Police Narcotics Division recently made arrests of two New Orleans men who were apprehended after detectives came upon the two men while conducting proactive patrols.

According to a press release from Picayune Police Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri, on October 24, 2018, at approximately 4:18 p.m., detectives observed a blue Nissan Maxima parked in front of a local business on Highway 11. Detectives saw the driver and the passenger of the vehicle to be passing what appeared to be a glass pipe back and forth.

Detectives approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, identified as Tyrese Monroe a.k.a. “Voodoo”, age 39, of 4911 Friertuck Driven New Orleans, LA, and Tiji Lamarc Harris, a.k.a. “TJ”, age 37, 14320 Peltier Drive, New Orleans, LA.

Gregory Derrick Deberry Tiji Lamarc Harris

At this time, the detectives observed the glass pipe, which contained a white rock like substance believed to be crack cocaine, to be sitting on the front center console in plain view. While conducting a search of Monroe’s person, detectives and a patrol officer found a large clear plastic bag containing a brown powdery substance believed to heroin in Monroe’s front shirt pocket. An orange and clear used syringe was located on Harris’ person which is consistent with the type used to inject illegal narcotics.

Magri stated that a search of the vehicle was conducted and several additional glass pipes, a loaded syringe containing a clear substance believed to be water, and a black digital scale containing a brown powdery substance believed to be heroin were located in a back pack. All of these items are commonly used to weigh illegal narcotics for distribution and to inhale and or inject illegal narcotics. The syringe that was loaded with water is use when someone reuses and cleans a syringe for the injection of illegal narcotics and is commonly referred to as a “rinse” according to Magri.

Through further investigation, detectives learned that Monroe’s real name was Gregory Derrick Deberry and that he was going to distribute the stated narcotics.

Deberry was was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute Within 1500 feet of a Church, False Identifying Information, and Possession of Paraphernalia. Harris was placed under arrest for Possession of Paraphernalia. Both Deberry and Harris were transported to the Criminal Justice Center, booked, and incarcerated according to Magri.

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