- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A 35-year-old South Mississippi man will be sentenced Nov. 3 after pleading guilty to conspiring to buy large amounts of cocaine.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/V3W2aQ ) Monteial Chaikeno Stubbs pleaded guilty in July in U.S. District Court before Judge Louis Guirola Jr.

Court records show Stubbs and Damian Lamar Reese have been in custody since their arrests April 25 in an undercover drug deal involving a $31,000 purchase of one kilogram of cocaine.

Prosecutors said Stubbs began looking for a source of cocaine in Gulfport in February and began negotiating on the price of one kilogram every week or two.

The Drug Enforcement Administration made arrangements for confidential sources to set up the drug deal.

Court records show Stubbs sent a text message with directions to exit Interstate 10 at Moss Point and meet at a home in Pascagoula. Meanwhile, agents advised an informant to call Stubbs and ask him to first bring the drug money to a Waffle House parking lot off I-10.

Court papers show Stubbs arrived in a vehicle driven by Reese, who pulled out two bags of money. Agents arrested them following a brief vehicle pursuit and foot chase, one of which ended in a marsh.

Reese is scheduled to stand trial Oct. 6 on a charge of conspiring to distribute a controlled substance.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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