Kiln brothers face new charges for weapons
By Dwayne Bremer
Jan 21, 2014, 18:26
New charges have been filed against two brothers who were arrested last year as part of an alleged methamphetamine ring based in Hancock County.
Federal court records show that Cole and Jessey Bellais were indicted in U.S. District Court in Gulfport on weapons possession charges last week.
The Bellais brothers were arrested in October on drug-distribution charges, along with several other suspects.
Two of the other suspects in the federal probe, Steven Gentry, 29, and Justin Brown, 27, have pled guilty to drug conspiracy charges and both are awaiting sentencing in March.
The Bellais brothers have both entered pleas of not guilty and are awaiting trial.
The new indictment says that, in addition to possession of meth, Cole Bellais allegedly possessed an unregistered shotgun and Jessey Bellais an unregistered "New England Firearms" shotgun. The indictment also asks the court to order the brothers to forfeit the weapons to the government. Federal agents have said Gentry was the leader of the group.
Homeland Security Agent Ben Taylor testified in October that his agency and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics had been investigating the drug ring since March 2013.
He said the Bellais brothers, Brown, and Gentry used meth "every day" and that they were armed most of the time.
Taylor said that Gentry got the drugs from a supplier in Mexico and brought it to Hancock County via commercial trucks.
During the investigation, federal agents used confidential informants to purchase the drugs from the Bellais brothers, Brown, Comfort and Gentry, Taylor said.
Some of the purchases were in excess of $1,000 at a time, he said.
Taylor said the drugs were tested and came back to be 99.9 percent pure meth.
Taylor also said in a sworn affidavit that Gentry had heard of the investigation and began riding around with an AK-47 assault rifle, claiming he would use the weapon to defend himself if agents tried to arrest him.
Taylor also said that Gentry and others began making threats to state and federal agents via text messages and social media.
Gentry, Brown, and the Bellais brothers have been in custody since their arrest.