A man was arrested at a Gulfport hotel with about $8,000 in heroin, a court document says.
Alexander Archie Jr., 40, of Gulfport, is held with no bond for federal marshals on suspicion of heroin distribution following his arrest on Monday.
The father of nine children had a total of 82.4 grams in his hotel room, including 3.5 grams seized in an undercover drug-deal, a DEA Task Force agent wrote in an affidavit.
Local and federal agents arrested Archie after a Harrison County narcotics investigator had suspicions that Archie was selling heroin out of a hotel room. Officials said he was selling heroin at the Best Western on U.S. 49 near Middle Drive.
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Archie told investigators he obtains about two ounces of heroin every 10 to 14 days at a cost of $5,000 from a supplier in New Orleans, the affidavit says. His last supply of heroin had been fronted to him, he claimed, leaving him with a $5,000 debt.
Archie reportedly said he sells heroin for $100 a gram and $250 for an eight-ball. An eight-ball is 1/8 ounce.
One gram of heroin provides three to five doses for the average user, narcotics investigators say. The amount agents say he had could provide was anywhere between 247 to 412 doses.
Archie admitted he began distributing heroin in November 2016 because of college costs and family needs, the affidavit says.
Archie said he doesn’t use heroin, but sells it to known associates who are addicted to prescription pain pills, the agent said. He claimed the nine hydrocodone pills found in his room are his and are prescribed to him.
The narcotics unit organized an undercover operation and arrested Archie and his female roommate after a 3.5-gram drug sale, the agent said. Other agents joined the investigation as the room was searched.
Agents said they found four bags of heroin, plastic bags and a digital scale in the top drawer of his dresser.
Narcotics agents with the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Gulfport Police Department assisted in the investigation.