- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A South Mississippi woman has pleaded guilty to a federal drug-distribution charge for her part in a scheme to bring more than 50 grams of “ice” methamphetamine, more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and more than 100 kilograms of marijuana from Houston to Diamondhead.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/19IvRxU ) that U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. set a June 23 sentencing for Angel Case after she entered the guilty plea on Tuesday.

Three others, Kenneth Casey, 40, Thomas Bernard, 34, and Tonya Winn, 50, are scheduled enter guilty pleas April 14. A fifth person, Delano Lewis, 45, is awaiting trial.

Each was indicted on a charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, with Winn, Casey and Bernard also indicted on two counts each of attempted possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Case was indicted on an additional distribution charge.

The arrests followed a June 18, 2013, search by Drug Enforcement Administration agents of a Diamondhead home.

Case and Lewis were at the home when DEA agents found ice, the purest form of meth, cocaine and prescription drugs.

Court records show Case later told agents she was a courier for Casey and Bernard and the three would pick up pounds of meth, kilos of cocaine and 50 to 100 pounds of marijuana from hotels in Houston to distribute in Hancock County. Case told agents which hotels they stayed at and records confirmed the hotel stays of Casey and Bernard throughout 2013.

Records show agents on Dec. 5 then received a tip that Casey and Bernard were headed to Houston to make a buy and records confirmed Casey had rented a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado to make the trip.

On Dec. 7, West Baton Rouge drug task-force officers stopped the pickup, which Winn was driving, and agents seized 75 pounds of marijuana, 3 kilos of cocaine and one pound of meth.

Winn later told agents she, too, was a courier for Casey and Bernard, and Bernard traveled ahead of her in a car Casey rented. Casey later told agents he and Bernard regularly drove to Houston to buy drugs. Casey said he paid Winn $400 to make the trip.

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

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