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Three locals arrested for illegal narcotic related charges

On January 22, 2019, at approximately 6:18 p.m. , the Picayune Police Narcotics Division along with the Pearl River Country Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division were conducting proactive patrols when they observed a white Dodge Charger fail to use a turn signal when turning from Memorial Boulevard onto South Blanks Avenue.

According to Picayune Police Department Captain Dusty Moeller, Detectives activated their blue lights and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Charger for No Turn Signal, but the vehicle did not stop and began to drive away by turning onto Warren Street at which time Detectives observed the occupants of the vehicle being pursued allegedly throw a large clear plastic bag out of the front driver side window.

At this time, a Detective exited the vehicle and secured the thrown plastic bag while the other Detectives continued to pursue the suspects in the Dodge Charger. The Detectives pursued the suspects’ vehicle from Warren Street back to South Blanks Avenue at which time the vehicle finally came to a stop. The clear plastic bag that was recovered by the Detective contained a crystal substance believed to be Crystal Methamphetamine.

Detectives then placed the driver, identified as Andre Rene Johnson, age 56, of 927 East Canal Street, Picayune, MS, and the passenger identified as Brandon Carl Anthony Holloway, age 28, 1516 Grady Avenue, Picayune, MS, for Possession Of Controlled Substance With Intent To Distribute and Tampering With Physical Evidence. Johnson was additionally charged with No Turn Signal.

Johnson, Holloway, Rawls

Detectives learned through investigative techniques that Holloway and Johnson had allegedly just purchased the narcotics from the residence of 709 Telly Road Apt #3 B, Picayune, MS, from an addition suspect, identified as Michael Chantea Rawls, age 28, of the Telly Road address. Holloway at this time was placed under arrest for Conspiracy To Commit A Crime. Holloway and Johnson were then transported to the Criminal Justice Center where they were booked and incarcerated on said charges.

Detectives then executed a search warrant at the Telly Road residence at which time they detained Rawls who was in the process of allegedly attempting to destroy a crystal substance believed to be Crystal Methamphetamine in a toilet. Upon conducting a search of the residence, Detectives located a black digital scale containing a crystal residue, clear plastic bags containing a green leafy substance believed to be Marijuana, several hand rolled cigars containing a green leafy substance believed to be Marijuana, and $968.00 of miscellaneous bills of U.S. currency in the master bedroom.

Rawls was placed under arrest for Sale Of Controlled Substance Within 1500 Ft. Of A Church, Conspiracy To Sell A Controlled Substance Within 1500 Ft. Of A Church, Tampering With Physical Evidence and Possession Of Controlled Substance (Misdeameanor).

Rawls was then transported to the Criminal Justice Center where he was booked and incarcerated. The currency was seized due to being within close proximity of illegal narcotics.

Police Chief Bryan Dawsey would like to thank the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division for assisting in this in investigation.


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