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Pass Christian woman accused of importing methadone from Mexico

This is the money and pills seized from a Pass Christian woman’s apartment in an investigation of importing methadone from Mexico.
This is the money and pills seized from a Pass Christian woman’s apartment in an investigation of importing methadone from Mexico. Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics

An investigation into the smuggling of methadone from Mexico has led to the arrest of a Pass Christian woman, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

Agents arrested Sheila Mendez, 50, Monday on a charge of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Agents who searched her apartment found about 400 doses of methadone, which has an estimated street value of $8,000, MBN director John Dowdy said in a news release.

MBN spokeswoman Delores Lewis gave the street address of the complex, an address that is for Caribbean in the Pass apartment homes.

Dowdy said agents also seized more than $3,800, money suspected to be the proceeds of illegal drug distribution, he said.

More arrests are expected as a result of the month-long investigation, Dowdy said.

Mendez was booked at the Harrison County jail Monday night and was released later in the evening on a $50,000 bond, according to the jail docket.

No details have been released on how the drugs reportedly made it to her home.

Agencies assisting in the probe include U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team, the narcotics unit of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Pass Christian Police Department.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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