More than $1 million of narcotics seized in one of largest drug busts ever on Mississippi Coast
HARRISON COUNTY, Miss. (WXXV) — Three people are facing felony drug charges following one of the largest methamphetamine seizures in history on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Agents recovered more than 50 pounds of meth, two pounds of heroin, a .40 caliber glock, and $30,000 from a home on Firetower Road in Pass Christian.
Law enforcement officers also found more than 60 pounds of meth in a tractor trailer parked at a truck stop on County Farm Road in Long Beach.
In total, 114 pounds of meth were seized. Officials say the estimated value of the recovered narcotics is more than $1 million.
The FBI Task Force in Pascagoula, along with Mississippi’s Bureau of Narcotics, and the Harrison County Coastal Narcotics Enforcement team arrested 49-year-old Aaron Whavers of Pass Christian, 64-year-old Gerald Jones of Mobile, and 43-year-old Sharard Collier of Inglewood, California.
Whavers, Jones, and Collier are all charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. All three suspects made their initial appearances on Monday, November 4, before U.S. Magistrate Judge John C. Gargiulo, and were ordered to be held without bond pending a detention and preliminary hearing.
The detention and preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 13, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. before United States Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker in Gulfport.
If convicted they face sentences of up to life in federal prison and a fine of up to $10 million.
These arrests and seizures are the result of a joint investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Harrison County Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team, Harrison and Jackson County Sheriff’s Offices, and the South Mississippi Metropolitan Enforcement Team in Pascagoula. U.S. Border Patrol and the Jackson and Harrison County Sheriff’s Offices Canines assisted with the investigation.