A six-month investigation of illegal opioid sales and the search of a Picayune home have led to four arrests and the seizure of 74 oxycodone tablets worth $2,220 on the street, a narcotics official said.
A search of Wayne Wadel’s home on Fleming Road in Picayune on Monday led to the discovery of 30-mg oxycodone tablets plus $900 in cash, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy said in a news release Friday.
Narcotics agents arrested Wadel, 59, in a second search of his home since May. He was arrested along along with Picayune resident John Alsobrooks, 29, and Poplarville residents Donald Edward Douglas, 38, and Daphne Jean Batac, 42.
“What we often encounter is a prescription for an opioid, a pain killer, is legitimately obtained and improperly transferred to someone else,” Dowdy said.
“The drug is then sold, in the case of oxycodone, for as much as $30 per tablet.”
Agents arrested Wadel on a charge of possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.
Wadel is ineligible for bond. His bonds from an arrest in May have been revoked, Dowdy said.
Wadel had been arrested after a search of his home six months ago, when agents said they found 37 oxycodone tablets and 48 firearms. Two of the firearms allegedly are stolen. Wadel has five pending felony charges from that arrest.
Agents this week arrested Alsobrooks on a charge of conspiracy to transfer a controlled substance.
They arrested Batac and Douglas on a charge of transfer of a controlled substance.
Alsobrooks and Batac have been released from jail on bonds of $75,000 each.
Douglas was being held at the Hancock County jail Friday. His bond also is $75,000.
Dowdy said Pearl River and Hancock county deputies assisted in the arrests.