Four arrested after traffic stop and subsequent search of a residence
What started out as a traffic stop for No Tag Light, turned into much more and resulted in four arrests according to a press release from Picayune Police Department Assistant Chief Dustin Moeller.
Moeller’s press release states that on February 25, 2019, at approximately 6:18 p.m., Picayune Police Department’s Narcotics Division was conducting proactive patrolling when they observed a black Dodge Avenger on Mitchell Street near Woodglen Cove without a functioning tag light. Detectives approached the vehicle and observed an open Bud Light beer bottle in the front console in plain view. At this time, detectives asked the driver, identified as Andre Rene Johnson, age 55, and the front seat passenger, identified as Amy O'Shaughnessy Berghman, age 37, to exit the vehicle. Both suspects listed 927 East Canal Street, Picayune, as their address.
Detectives also asked the rear seat passenger, identified as Erika Ann Famularo, age 36, of 519 South Curran Avenue, Picayune, to exit the vehicle. As Famularo was exiting the vehicle, detectives alledgedly recovered a plastic cup which contained a liquid believed to be alcohol from her hands according to Moeller’s press release.
At this time, Berghman and Famularo were placed under arrest for Open Beer. Detectives located a metal Altoids can which contained a large amount of a crystal-like substance believed to be Crystal Methamphetamine that was alledged to be on Berghman’s person. Through investigative techniques, it was learned that Johnson had alledgedly handed the Altoids can containing the narcotic to Berghman prior to the traffic stop and that they had just left the residence at 927 East Canal Street.
Moeller’s press release states that Johnson was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute Within 1500 Feet of a Church, Conspiracy to Transfer a Controlled Substance, Transfer of a Controlled Substance, and No Tag Light. Berghman was also charged for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute Within 1500 Feet of a Church, and Conspiracy to Commit a Crime.
Moeller’s press released states that detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence at 527 East Canal Street and when they went to the residence, they came in contact with Selena Georgina Rodriguez, age 21, address given as 11 Maroon Drive, Picayune, who was in a bedroom in the residence. Detectives located a clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be Marijuana on Rodriguez’s person.
Andre Johnson and Ericka Famularo
Amy Berghman and Selena Rodriguez
During a search of the residence, Moeller said detectives located several black digital scales containing a crystal residue believed to be Crystal Methamphetamine, a clear plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance believed to be Crystal Methamphetamine several clear plastic bags, , and several glass pipes. These items are commonly used to package, distribute, and inhale illegal narcotics. Rodriguez was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance (felony) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (misdemeanor).
All four suspects were transported to the Criminal Justice Center where they were booked and incarcerated on the charges noted according to Moeller.