Five people charged in two separate Hancock County drug cases

Hancock County Sheriff’s Office arrested five people in two separate cases on drug charges this week.

On Tuesday, Sheriff Ricky Adam said in a press release, deputies arrested Bobby J. Crochet, Jr, 21, and Nicole Cousin, 41, both of Kiln, for federal violations related to the possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, conspiracy, and weapons possession.

On March 16, 2022, Crochet began communicating with a Hancock County Sheriff’s Narcotics agent, acting in an undercover capacity, and agreed to sell a large amount of crystal methamphetamine, also known as “ice”, in Kiln, Mississippi.  After several exchanges via text messaging, Crochet agreed to meet the agent at a Kiln business for the exchange.  Hancock County Narcotics Agents were conducting surveillance at the business when they observed Crochet and Cousin arrive in a Nissan SUV.  Agents approached the couple and arrested them without incident.  A search of the vehicle revealed a large amount of amphetamine pills and a handgun, which Crochet later admitted he intended to use to rob the undercover agent.

In a separate case, deputies on Tuesday also arrested Mindi Saucier, 42, of Bay Saint Louis; Valerie Black, 39, of Waveland; and Ronnie Earhart, 41, of the Bayside Park community, charging them with violations related to the possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy.

In March 2022, Hancock County Sheriff’s Narcotics Agents received information indicating narcotics were being smuggled into the Hancock County jail by inmate workers out on work details.

Hancock County narcotics agents were watching an inmate work detail in Bay Saint Louis when they saw Earhart enter the parking lot, exit his vehicle, place an unknown package near a dumpster and leave.  A short time later, Saucier, who is currently jailed and assigned to a work detail, retrieved the package.  Narcotics agents discovered it contained crystal methamphetamine “ice” and Subutex, a brand name for buprenorphine, a drug used to treat opioid addiction.  The investigation also uncovered Black’s involvement in the conspiracy to smuggle drugs into the jail.

Saucier and Earhart were charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.  Saucier was already in jail and Earhart was at large until Monday, when he surrendered himself to deputies.  Black, already in jail, was charged with conspiracy.

More arrests are expected.

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