Four charged in Pearl River Co. drug investigation

Four charged in Pearl River Co. drug investigation
John Alsobrooks (Photo source: MBI)
John Alsobrooks (Photo source: MBI)
Daphne Jean Batac (Photo source: MBI)
Daphne Jean Batac (Photo source: MBI)
Donald Edward Douglas (Photo source: MBI)
Donald Edward Douglas (Photo source: MBI)
Wayne Wadel (Photo source: MBI)
Wayne Wadel (Photo source: MBI)

PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Four Pearl River County residents were arrested on drug charges this week after a six-month investigation by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and local law enforcement agencies.

A news release from MBN says a search warrant served at a Picayune home Monday uncovered 74 30mg oxycodone tablets with a street value of $2,200 and $990 cash.

"What we often encounter is a prescription for an opioid, a painkiller, is legitimately obtained and improperly transferred to someone else. The drug is then sold, in the case of oxycodone, for as much as $30 per tablet," MBN Director John Dowdy said.

Dowdy said 59-year-old Wayne Wadel, of Picayune, was arrested during the search at his home and charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Wadel's bond was revoked from a May arrest, where he was charged with two counts of sale of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, and two counts of possession of a stolen firearm.

Dowdy said John Alsobrooks, 29, Daphne Jean Batac, 42, and Donald Edward Douglas, 38, are charged with conspiracy to transfer a controlled substance in the case. Alsobrooks and Batac were released from jail Tuesday after posting $75,000 bonds. Douglas remains behind bars on a $75,000 bond, Dowdy said.

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