Police follow trail of prescription drugs

By MARGARET BAKER – mbbaker@sunherald.com

Wallack

JACKSON COUNTY

An investigation into the overdose death of a Gautier man prompted a 13-hour undercover probe that resulted in the arrests of six suspected prescription-drug dealers and the seizure of various narcotics Ocean Springs Dr. Matthew Wallack had prescribed prior to his arrest earlier this month.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said investigators are now collecting evidence in the overdose death Sunday of 36-year-old Reece Martin at his home in Gautier. The sheriff said investigators will hand over the evidence to the District Attorney’s Office to present to a grand jury, which will decide whether Wallack should be indicted on any charge related to Martin’s death.

“We may not get a murder charge,” Byrd said Tuesday. “We are hoping to at least get a manslaughter charge.”

Martin died of a combination of morphine, Vicodin, Xanax and possibly other drugs, Curtis Spiers, commander of the Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County, said.

Shortly after the investigation started, Spiers said his agents heard Martin’s cell phone send an alert message.

“Someone was still texting his cell and asking if he wanted more pills,” Spiers said. “We intercepted the phone messages.”

An undercover narcotics agent posing as Martin later went to meet the caller, identified as Joseph Foley, 27, who was charged with possession of morphine with the intent to distribute. Foley’s girlfriend, Jennifer Raymond, 21, was with him at the time and was arrested on the same charge.

In the midst of the drug deal, Spiers said, one of Foley’s friends, identified as Chris Hye, 27, of Moss Point, walked up and, after a search, was charged with possession of morphine, methadone, OxyContin, lorazepam, Phenergan and marijuana. In addition, Spiers said, Hye was carrying spice, an herbal substance commonly sold in some stores as an incense though it’s commonly used like marijuana.
Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/04/20/2116278/police-follow-trail-of-prescription.html#ixzz0lkKEbpmo

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