- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A second man has pleaded guilty to his involvement in a conspiracy to buy more than 500 grams of cocaine in Jackson County.

Damian Lamar Reese, 36, pleaded guilty to conspiracy this week before U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1zlmexM) Reese is scheduled to be sentenced on April 21.

Monteial Chaikeno Stubbs pleaded guilty to conspiracy earlier this year. Stubbs is serving a 43-month sentence followed by five years of supervised release. Stubbs was fined $7,500.

Federal prosecutors said Reese and Stubbs were arrested last year after being involved in an undercover deal to buy $31,000 of drugs.

According to court records, Stubbs started looking for a source to buy cocaine in February and began negotiating a price for one kilogram every other week or so.

A Drug Enforcement Administration task force later made arrangements for a confidential informant to set up the deal, records show.

Stubbs sent a text message with directions so he and the informant could meet at a home in Pascagoula. Agents told the informant to call Stubbs and ask him to bring the drug money to a Waffle House parking lot off Interstate 10.

Stubbs arrived in vehicle driven by Reese, who pulled out two bags of money. Authorities who were conducting surveillance arrested the two.

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


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