Drug related arrest made during traffic safety checkpoint
Picayune Police Narcotics Division detectives made a drug related arrest while conducting a traffic safety checkpoint on December 12, 2018 on South Beech Street and Williamsburg Road according to a press release from Captain Dustin Moeller.
At approximately 8:36 p.m., narcotic detectives came in contact with a white Pontiac car and while speaking with the driver, identified as Gabriel Louis Jeasuan Wiley, age 25, of 330 Third Street, Pearl River, LA., narcotic detectives smelled a strong odor of what appeared to be Marijuana emitting from the vehicle. It was learned that Wiley did not possess valid insurance on the vehicle and his tag light was broken.
Detectives performed a search of the vehicle and located a large clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be Hydroponic Marijuana, a black digital scale containing a green leafy residue believed to be Hydroponic Marijuana, a digital scale box, a cellular phone, a clear container containing several empty clear plastic bags, and a metal grinder containing a green leafy residue believed to be Hydroponic Marijuana in the center console. These items are commonly used to package, weigh, and distribute illegal narcotics.
During a further search of the vehicle, narcotic detectives located a fully loaded 38 caliber Bryco Arms handgun in the glove box. Detectives also located a box of Winchester 38 caliber bullets and a glass jar that contained several clear plastic bags containing a green leafy substance believed to be Hydroponic Marijuana and several additional empty plastic bags according to Moeller's press release.
Wiley was then offered the Standardized Field Sobriety Test at which time he refused to conduct the test. Wiley was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute While in Possession of a Firearm, D.U.I 1st Offense (Refusal), No Insurance, and No Tag Light. He was transported to the Criminal Justice Center where he was booked and incarcerated.