Two arrested, eight kilos of meth seized at Waveland
By Dwayne Bremer
Dec 3, 2013, 21:40
Two Hispanic men were arrested Monday when federal agents located approximately eight kilograms of methamphetamine in the spare tire of a vehicle, authorities said Tuesday.
Court records show that federal agents charged both Francisco Villegas-Jaimes and Adan Casillas with possession of more than 50 grams of meth with intent to distribute.
According to a sworn affidavit from DEA Agent Marcus Colley, authorities received information that Jaimes and Casillas would be traveling from Houston to Gulfport to sell multi-kilos of meth.
On Monday, Colley said, agents watched the two men meet with a "cooperating source" at the Walmart on Highway 49.
The three men then traveled to Waveland and agents followed them, the affidavit said.
Once in Waveland, the men stopped at an "undercover warehouse" where the drugs were removed from the spare tire of a vehicle," Colley said.
The affidavit does not list the location of the "undercover warehouse, but several people said that DEA agents and local law enforcement were present for several hours Monday near the Waveland city limits on Highway 90.
In a statement to law enforcement officers, Casillas stated that he was going to be paid $3,000 for transporting the drugs, the affidavit said.
The street value of a kilo of meth is between $10,000 and $15,000, officials said.
The seized drugs were field tested and came back positive for methamphetamine, Colley said.
Both suspects are being detained at an undisclosed federal holding facility.
Criminal complaints were issued on both men Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.
Both men are being detained until a federal grand jury hears the case, records show.