Authorities make two arrests and seize $370,000 worth of Crystal Meth in Picayune

The Picayune Police Department Narcotics Division with assistance from the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Division, Drug Enforcement Administration Agents, and Homeland Security Investigations Agents recovered an enormous amount of Crystal Methamphetamine and arrested two men as part of the operation carried out in Picayune according to a press release from Picayune Police Assistant Chief Jerermy Magri.

At approximately 11:32 p.m. on December 29, 2018, a search warrant was executed at 319 North Abrams. Authorities detained a suspect, identified as Nygele Lakeith McKinnney, age 33, of 1005 Baylous Street, Picayune, MS, who was inside of a garage on the property. At this time, Detectives and Agents conducted a search of the garage and located a blue SUV in the garage. Inside the SUV, Detectives located six (6) large clear vacuumed sealed bags containing large chunks of a crystal substance believed to be Crystal Methamphetamine.

Inside the residence in the master bedroom, Detectives located a black digital scale containing a crystal residue believed to be Crystal Methamphetamine and a box of sandwich bags. Detectives learned through investigative techniques that an additional suspect, identified as Leonardo Ray Serra, age 43, of 11625 Shoshane Road, Houston, TX, was a co-conspirator with McKinney. Serra was at the time located driving west on Memorial Blvd. near South Blanks Avenue and he was detained according to Magri's press release.

McKinney and Serra (pictured above) were was placed under arrest for Aggravated Trafficking in Controlled Substance and Conspiracy To Traffic in Controlled Substance. Both suspects were transported to the Criminal Justice Center where they were booked and incarcerated.

The total weight of the Methamphetamine recovered was 6 kilos (13.2 pounds) and had a street value of $370,000.00 according to Magri's press release.

McKinney and Serra were later issued a total bond of $2,000,000.00 each.

Picayune Police Chief Bryan Dawsey would like to thank the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Homeland Security Investigations for their assistance in this operation.


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