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He was using his apartment to make crack from cocaine, agent says

Travis Dymesece Madden
Travis Dymesece Madden

A man arrested in a search of his Gulfport apartment told investigators he was using cocaine to make crack cocaine, a court document says.

Federal drug and firearm agents questioned Travis Dymesece Madden, 40, after Gulfport police arrested him on Monday, according to an affidavit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

The Gulfport Police Department’s narcotics officers had searched Madden’s apartment on Engram Drive, a neighborhood near Gaston Point Elementary School and the Seabee Base.

Police found about 71 grams of cocaine and 15 grams of crack cocaine in the apartment, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent wrote in an affidavit.

Police also found a short-barrel Ruger 10/22 .22-caliber long rifle with 10 rounds of ammunition in its magazine, a Glock .40-caliber pistol with 19 rounds of ammo in its magazine, and items identifying Madden throughout the residence, the agent said. A Ruger 10/22 is a semi-automatic rim-fire rifle.

While being questioned by police and agents with the DEA and ATF, Madden reportedly admitted the guns were his and said he had recently obtained them.

Police arrested Madden on charges of cocaine trafficking and felon in possession of a firearm. His felony conviction is from a 2011 arrest for marijuana possession in Gulfport, the Harrison County jail docket shows.

Madden is held for federal marshals on suspicion of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.

Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker ordered the allegations turned over to a grand jury Tuesday after Madden declined a preliminary hearing, the court docket shows.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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