Former Chamber president arrested for meth

Posted: 4th October 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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PICAYUNE — A former Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce board president was arrested last month for possession of methamphetamine.

The Picayune Police Department provided the Picayune Item with a copy of the arrest report for 37-year-old Steven R. Wood, of 602 Deason Dr. only after a Freedom of Information Act was filed by the newspaper.

 Steven Wood has been arrested for possession of methamphetamine

According to the report, Wood was arrested on Monday, Sept. 10, during a traffic stop on U.S. 11 North at its intersection with Stemwood Drive just before 5 p.m. for having a switched tag on his vehicle. Jeremy Magri, who was recently promoted to the rank of Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police, said that during the stop the officer not only determined Wood’s tag to have been switched but he also had no proof of insurance, prompting the officer to place him under arrest.

The officer conducted a pat down of Wood during the arrest, finding a small plastic bag containing a small amount of an off-white substance believed to be methamphetamine in Wood’s pocket, Magri said.

Wood was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), switched tag and no proof of insurance.

Wood is listed as the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce board president on the Chamber’s website, and as being employed with People’s Bank of the South. A call to the Chamber of Commerce found that Wood was relieved of his position as Chamber president sometime in September for missing three meetings, said Chamber Director April Lovelace. She said it is the policy of the Chamber to relieve any board member from duty after the member misses three meetings. Other members relieved from board duties for the same reason this year include Sherry Pullens and Penny Lamonte.

A call made by the Item to the Picayune branch of People’s Bank of the South to determine Wood’s position with the bank went unanswered Tuesday afternoon.

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