Meth Labs in Diamondhead
Needs to Stop

Gulfport, MS

#1 May 22, 2009
Woman burned in meth fire
By ELLIS C. CUEVAS
May 22, 2009, 18:28

A Diamondhead woman is in the Mobile Burn Center in very serious condition following an apparent meth lab "flash fire" Tuesday night, Sheriff Steve Garber said.
Narcotics Division Director Matt Karl said, "Phyllis Bohon was dropped off at the Diamondhead Fire Department by an unknown female around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, suffering from severe burns. She was transported to Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, then transferred to the Mobile Burn Center and she is reported to be in ICU in very serious condition today (Friday).
"Narcotics received a call from Central Dispatch about a possible methamphetamine lab flash fire at an apartment in Diamondhead's Lanai Village. Bay Agent Detective Sgt. Robert O'Neal, who was agent-on-call, responded along with myself and agents Tim Airhart and David Dear. It was determined that there was a very hot flash fire in the bathroom area. The fire was so hot a shower curtain disintegrated. We were able to locate precursors to manufacture crystal meth in the residence.
"At this time, we are seeking the subject who dropped the victim off at the fire station. The subject is described as a white female, heavy-set and was driving a gold colored vehicle."
If anyone has any possible information about the woman, they are urged to call the Narcotics Division. All information received will be kept in strict confidence, Karl said.
"There was a host of Diamondhead fire fighters at the scene, including Hancock County Assistant Fire-Marshal John Albert Evans," Karl said.
"The victim was brought to the fire station," Diamondhead Fire Chief Jerry Dubuisson said, "and she was immediately treated by fire fighters until American Medical Response arrived and took her to Gulfport Memorial Hospital. While the victim was being treated, we received a telephone call from someone reporting smoke coming from Lanai Village. Including myself, there were seven fire fighters with two units who responded to the apartment. By the time we arrived, the fire in the upstairs bathroom was extinguished."
Evans said his investigation revealed there was mostly smoke damage to the apartment.
"We feel there were other people in the apartment when the flash fire occurred," Karl said.
O'Neal is in charge of the ongoing investigation.
Meth Heads

Houston, TX

#2 May 22, 2009
When are the people of Diamondhead going to wake up! Something needs to be done about the drugs there! Enough....anymous drop offs at the fire station...fires in the condominiums caused by a flash....what in the world is the POA doing about this nasty mess that is festering all over? Nothing, nada, zippo, zilcho...time to wake up! Demand something for your $80 a month dues and your new and improved higher county taxes! This cannot be tolerated anymore!
diamondhood

Houston, TX

#3 May 22, 2009
tired of all of the things that get pushed under the rug up here. the problem is just getting bigger and nothing is being done. i am ready to move out of this joint. not what it used to be. the poa is a joke. i hope the incorporation goes through soon so we can finally get a real police department and put a stop to this mess before it is too late.
and another

Houston, TX

#5 May 27, 2009
Meth lab precursors found
By Ellis C. Cuevas
May 27, 2009, 08:57

As a follow-up to reports of possible drug activities at a Diamondhead residence, a suspect was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of two or more precursors used to manufacture crystal meth, Sheriff Steve Garber said last week.

Narcotics Division Director Major Matt Karl said, "Thomas Garcia, 107531 Limu Way, Diamondhead, was arrested last week and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and also charged with possession of two or more precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine. His total bond was set at $60,000.

"We had received some tips about possible drug activities taking place at the residence and agent Sgt. Abe Long and Bay Det. Agent Robert O'Neal visited Garcia to speak to him. While talking to him, the agents noticed in plain view a firearm. Knowing that he was a convicted felon, they secured a search warrant to check the residence to see if there were more weapons and discovered precursors to manufacture crystal meth," Karl said.

"Following the discovery of the precursors, Long and O'Neal were joined by other Narcotics Division agents. Agent Long is in charge of the case."

In an unrelated case that occurred the same day at a Road 542 residence, enough evidence was gathered to secure a search warrant.

"In serving the search warrant, Joey Moran, Road 542, was arrested when agents discovered approximately one-half pound of marijuana. Moran was charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), and with intent to distribute. His bond was set at $5,000," Karl said.

Agent Lt. Chris Russell is in charge of the case and was assisted by Karl and agents Lt. Jimmy Esposito, David Dear and Tim Airhart, Karl said.

Any citizen suspecting any illegal activities, possible illegal drug activities anywhere in the county are urged immediately to call Central Dispatch.
Cocaine Bust

Vancleave, MS

#6 May 27, 2009
Cocaine bust in Diamondhead
Published on Fri Apr 17, 2009
Cocaine bust in Diamondhead

GULFPORT — The DEA claims a drug-trafficking organization used a Diamondhead home on Analii Drive to move five kilograms of cocaine into South Mississippi.

Four people have been indicted in the case, which alleges the cocaine was brought to Diamondhead in April 2008 and involves at least $300,000 in alleged drug proceeds seized. That amount of money would buy about 15 kilos of cocaine, according to the sworn statement of Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force Agent Vincent Sipriano.

The DEA has identified Joel Lozano-Lozano as “a known bulk U.S. currency and multi-kilogram cocaine trafficker for the Lozano drug trafficking organization based in Houston.” The DEA also claims Lozano is involved in multiple drug organizations nationwide.

Court records show prosecution in the case is pending.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Roper has denied bond for Lozano and for Charles Earl Johnson, ruling there are no conditions of release to justify allowing them out of jail pending resolution of the charges. The DEA claims Johnson, a convicted felon, had a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun when he was taken into custody. Both men are held for the U.S. Marshal's Service.

The other co-defendants are Crystal Gail Gibson and Deron Ray Chapman.

All four are charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine, interstate travel in the aid of an unlawful activity and criminal forfeiture. They were arrested on April 17, 2008.

A sworn statement alleges that DEA agents in Gulfport used electronic surveillance to establish a pattern of drug trafficking by the defendants.

On the day of their arrests, agents claim they followed Lozano and a passenger from a Chevron gas station off Interstate 10 to the Dairy Queen parking lot, where they met with Chapman, Gibson and another man.

Agents claim they followed them to a home in the 8300 block of Analii and watched two vehicles, one driven by Johnson, pull out of the garage shortly afterwards. Agents took them into custody during traffic stops.

Lozano allegedly told agents $300,000 was in a hidden compartment in one of the vehicles.

A sworn statement says Lozano admitted coming to Mississippi for his uncle to pick up money from the sale of cocaine.

He also admitted he had made about 10 trips to the Diamondhead home to retrieve drug proceeds, the statement says.

The forfeiture count of the indictment lists a total of $393,887 in cash believed to be illegal drug proceeds.
Local Meth Heads

Vancleave, MS

#7 May 27, 2009
Chief of Police Freddy Drennan of Slidell released the following information:

June 12, 2007:

Melissa, Diamondhead, MS
Was arrested for Possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance (Methadone)

Richard, Kiln, MS
Was arrested for Possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance (Methadone)

Michelle, Kiln, MS
Was arrested for Possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance (Methadone)
Local Meth Heads

Vancleave, MS

#8 May 27, 2009
Chief of Police Freddy Drennan of Slidell released the following information:

February 27, 2008:

Jeff T. Garcia, Limu Way, Diamondhead, MS
Was arrested Possession of a schedule I controlled dangerous substance (Methamphetamine) and Creation of a Clandestine Lab
Cocaine Update

Vancleave, MS

#9 May 27, 2009
Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2009
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Drug trafficking case set for trial
By ROBIN FITZGERALD - rfitzgerald@sunherald.com

GULFPORT — A man arraigned last week in an alleged cocaine trafficking conspiracy with a Diamondhead connection will be going to trial.

Omar Rodriguez-Lozano of Brownsville, Texas, is the brother of a man also indicted with three others on related charges. A criminal complaint alleges Lozano and his brother, Joel Rodriquez-Lozano of Rio Grande City, Texas, travelled to Diamondhead in 2006 to introduce Joel Lozano as a courier for cocaine smuggling.

Omar Lozano is accused of supplying cocaine for a packaging operation in Diamondhead at a home on Analii Drive.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden has set trial for Omar Lozano on a court calendar that begins July 6. Records show Joel Lozano has agreed to enter a guilty plea. Both are held without bond along with Charles Earl Johnson, a co-defendant.

Court papers allege a cooperating defendant claims to have helped smuggle at least 20 shipments of cocaine for the brothers since 1998. Federal agents claim the drug trafficking organization has ties to a major money-launderer and cocaine distributor operating between South America and the U.S.

A DEA agent’s sworn statement alleges Omar Lozano stayed at a Gulfport hotel in April 2008, the same month agents conducted surveillance on the Diamondhead home. The DEA alleges the home was used “to store and facilitate the movement of narcotics and bulk currency.”

The DEA arrested Joel Lozano and three others that April in a Dairy Queen parking lot in Diamondhead after an alleged swap of $300,000 for cocaine. The criminal complaints were sealed until indictments were handed down in recent weeks. The other defendants, Crystal Gail Gibson and Deron Ray Chapman, were released pending resolution of charges.

Court papers don’t show where Johnson, Gibson or Chapman are from or if they own or live at the Diamondhead home.
Bonnie

United States

#10 May 27, 2009
I am so SICK of meth addicts. Meth has ruined many a family. I speak from firsthand knowledge, as a family member ruined his life, lost his family, lost his brain, lost any common decency due to his meth addiction. The saddest part, next to his children waiting for him to overdose, is that its "never his fault". He was bored, he had no job, he had no money, his car broke,.... blah blah freakin blah...
Gotta Stop

Vancleave, MS

#11 May 27, 2009
I agree Bonnie. This has to stop. Diamondhead keeps pushing this under the rug. I am tired of it. We need to be aware so we can help stop things before it gets too far ahead. We can't help if we don't know.
Whats Happening Here

Vancleave, MS

#12 Jun 10, 2009
Local agencies crack down on meth labs
Posted: June 10, 2009 01:36 AM
By Elise Roberts - bio | email
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX)- Like many other regions, South Mississippi has a growing meth problem. Almost every day, someone is arrested for possessing or manufacturing methamphetamines.
"If you can bake cookies, you can make meth, unfortunately," Marshall Fisher said.
Fisher is the Director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. He says methamphetamines have been around for years, but now that meth makers know the recipe, the problem is getting worse.
"Most of them are what we call shake and bake labs. And as you well know, it's an environmental issue. So they can cook it in the back of a pick up truck or a motel room, and you and your family can go and stay in the motel the next night after some violators been in there manufacturing the dope," said Fisher.
Joel Reece with the Mississippi Drug Enforcement Agency said the Gulfport unit is seeing a spike in the number of meth labs.
"We're actually about double this year than what we were last year," said Reece.
The agency has already cleaned up 204 meth labs in 14 counties.
The DEA is also cracking down on meth labs, but they're doing it alone.
"We're trying to do the best we can with the meth problem in Harrison County, because it is a major problem," Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said.
Last year, Sheriff Brisolara established a narcotics unit.
"When we first put the unit together, we were averaging one meth lab a day," said the sheriff. "We were tearing up the meth labs of the rural part of north Harrison County."
Now, the unit shuts down about two meth labs a week.
While the problem is growing in Harrison County, Sheriff Brisolara understands that meth is a problem everywhere. That's why agencies across the state are teaming up to shut down meth labs in South Mississippi.
Money for Drugs

Vancleave, MS

#13 Jun 13, 2009
What type of low-life robs an 80 year old woman? Wake up Diamondhead. Our security is a big fat joke! Criminals are running around causing trouble all over up here!

http://208.62.60.4/40/article_ 3328.shtml
What is Garber Doing

Vancleave, MS

#14 Jun 21, 2009
Where does Hancock County rank?

Pearl River County Busting More Meth Labs
Clarion Ledger
June 21, 2009

PICAYUNE — Officials say the Pearl River County Sheriff's Department leads the coastal region in shutting down methamphetamine labs.

Mississippi Crime Lab Director Sam Howell said the department has sent in 72 meth labs for analysis since January. He said Harrison County is second with 60 labs over the last six months.
The coastal region includes George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River and Stone counties. Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier said the majority of the labs Pearl River officers have found are "shake and bake" labs. Those kind of labs are popular because they are less complicated and utilize a quick method of production.
Meth Bust

Vancleave, MS

#15 Jun 23, 2009
Authorities: Dozens arrested in Miss. meth ring
By HOLBROOK MOHR - Associated Press Writer

JACKSON, Miss.-- Authorities broke up a methamphetamine distribution ring based in Mississippi that had connections to at least three other states, arresting dozens of suspects on Tuesday.

The ring characterized as the state's largest was based in Rankin County in central Mississippi and distributed up to 50 pounds of Mexican meth per month throughout Mississippi, said Joel Reece, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent. The ring also had connections to Alabama, Florida and Texas, according to authorities and court records.

Most of those involved were rounded up in coordinated busts in six Mississippi counties - Hinds, Lincoln, Marion, Pike, Rankin and Walthall. Eighteen people face federal charges and more than 30 others face state violations, Stan Harris, Mississippi's acting U.S. Attorney, announced at a news conference.

More than 86 guns, three silencers, five cars, and several stolen motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles were confiscated after the 18-month operation, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director Marshall Fisher said.

At least 27 pounds of meth worth hundreds of thousands of dollars was seized in Hinds County, home to the state capital and largest city. The potency of the drug was much higher than seen in smaller operations, Fisher said. He would not disclose specific details about the trafficking operation because the investigation continues.

The group was a violent and "highly structured criminal organization" led by 26-year-old Christopher M. Stewart, also known as Batman, of Walthall County, authorities said.

A lawyer authorities said had represented Stewart did not immediately respond Tuesday to a message left at his office.

Federal agents used information from a confidential informant and began surveillance of at least one shipment in Waskom, Texas, according to court records. The shipment was driven to Hammond, La., in a Ford truck. In Louisiana, the truck was loaded on a trailer at a Wal-Mart and pulled into Mississippi behind another Ford truck.

Police arrested the driver in Mississippi and found 8,404 grams of meth, according to a DEA affidavit.

Stewart was due in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg on Thursday. He's charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of meth.

The investigation, called "Rankin Ice," began with several arrests in Rankin County and grew as authorities realized how big the criminal operation was, Rankin County Sheriff Ronnie Pennington said.

Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest said 21 people were in custody on state charges there and six others were being sought.
Lanai Villiage and Kona

Wilkes Barre, PA

#16 Jul 19, 2011
We have family we visit in the area so I know the DH area. I agree that the drug problem has gotten much worse over recent years. We were there when this meth lab at Lanai Village caught fire. More recently the Kona condos of Diamondhead was busted when Bret Farve's sister was cooking meth there.
Needs to Stop wrote:
Woman burned in meth fire
By ELLIS C. CUEVAS
May 22, 2009, 18:28
A Diamondhead woman is in the Mobile Burn Center in very serious condition following an apparent meth lab "flash fire" Tuesday night, Sheriff Steve Garber said.
Narcotics Division Director Matt Karl said, "Phyllis Bohon was dropped off at the Diamondhead Fire Department by an unknown female around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, suffering from severe burns. She was transported to Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, then transferred to the Mobile Burn Center and she is reported to be in ICU in very serious condition today (Friday).
"Narcotics received a call from Central Dispatch about a possible methamphetamine lab flash fire at an apartment in Diamondhead's Lanai Village. Bay Agent Detective Sgt. Robert O'Neal, who was agent-on-call, responded along with myself and agents Tim Airhart and David Dear. It was determined that there was a very hot flash fire in the bathroom area. The fire was so hot a shower curtain disintegrated. We were able to locate precursors to manufacture crystal meth in the residence.
"At this time, we are seeking the subject who dropped the victim off at the fire station. The subject is described as a white female, heavy-set and was driving a gold colored vehicle."
If anyone has any possible information about the woman, they are urged to call the Narcotics Division. All information received will be kept in strict confidence, Karl said.
"There was a host of Diamondhead fire fighters at the scene, including Hancock County Assistant Fire-Marshal John Albert Evans," Karl said.
"The victim was brought to the fire station," Diamondhead Fire Chief Jerry Dubuisson said, "and she was immediately treated by fire fighters until American Medical Response arrived and took her to Gulfport Memorial Hospital. While the victim was being treated, we received a telephone call from someone reporting smoke coming from Lanai Village. Including myself, there were seven fire fighters with two units who responded to the apartment. By the time we arrived, the fire in the upstairs bathroom was extinguished."
Evans said his investigation revealed there was mostly smoke damage to the apartment.
"We feel there were other people in the apartment when the flash fire occurred," Karl said.
O'Neal is in charge of the ongoing investigation.
Lanai Village and Kona

Wilkes Barre, PA

#17 Jul 19, 2011
Agree. Drugs and vandalism has gotten worse in Diamondhead, MS. My wife's parents live there and had their cars broken into by teens this June. I'm hoping the meth lab problem will get better now that the precursors are harder to buy. I think Mississippi passed a law that requires a script to get pseudoephedrine and similar sinus meds.

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