Four arrested in South Mississippi opioid prescription drug investigation

Four arrested in South Mississippi opioid prescription drug investigation
Source: RNN

PICAYUNE (WDAM) - The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and local law enforcement officers arrested four suspects after agents seized 74 dosage units of oxycodone tablets during a search warrant of a Picayune home on Oct. 30.

The approximate street value of the seized drugs is $2,200, and $990 in cash was also seized.

Wayne Wade, 59, of Picayune, the occupant of the home where officers served the search warrant, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Wade's bond was revoked due to two precious counts of possession of a controlled substance after he was arrested in May of this year.

John Alsobrooks, 29, of Picayune, was also arrested and charged with conspiracy to transfer a controlled substance. His $75,000 bond was posted on Tuesday.

Daphne Jean Batac, 42, of Poplarville, was charged with transfer of a controlled substance. Batac's $75,000 bond was posted Tuesday.

Donald Edwards Douglas, 38, of Poplarville, was charged with transfer of a controlled substance. He remains in Hancock County Jail under a $75,000 bond.

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

The six-month investigation was conducted by the MBN with assistance from the Pearl River and Hancock sheriff's departments. T