Cops find thousands of pain pills during Jackson County traffic stop, affidavit says

David Gilliam, Trenton Ferrell Williams and Joe Edward Johnson II
David Gilliam, Trenton Ferrell Williams and Joe Edward Johnson II

Three Texas men are being held for federal marshals after several thousand narcotic pills, still in bottles, were found in a rental car in Jackson County, a court document says.

The pills include oxymorphone, a pain-killer known by namebrands such as Opana, a DEA Task Force agent said in an affidavit.

A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court identifies the men as Trenton Ferrell Williams; Joe Edward Johnson II; and David Dewayne Gilliam, aka Dwayne Gilliam, all believed to be from Texas.

They were taken into custody Wednesday.

A South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team agent had stopped a westbound blue Ford Fusion with a Texas license plate, for making an improper lane change and following too closely on Interstate 10 near mile marker 63, according to the document.

Williams, 33, was the driver, and reportedly told the agent the three were returning to Houston, Texas, from a week-long vacation at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

The agent said Gilliam, 25, couldn’t provide any details of the trip, and Johnson, 26, was fidgeting and wouldn’t look the agent in the eye.

Williams claimed he was the rental car’s only driver and said his wife and children had been following the Fusion, but said she kept traveling when she saw Williams get pulled over.

Williams agreed to a search, and other agents arrived to assist. When bottles of narcotics were found, the agent said, the pills were seized, the vehicle was towed and the men were detained.

License-plate readers contradicted the travel plans, the agent said. The car was seen on U.S. 59 in Cleveland, Texas, on July 8; on I-10 in Beaumont, Texas, on July 10; and was eastbound in Covington, Louisiana, on July 11, the day before the traffic stop.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews