A Pass Christian woman has been indicted on federal charges involving the smuggling of methadone from Mexico and its local distribution.
Sheila Crawford Bosarge-Mendez, 51, conspired with others to distribute methadone in Harrison County from sometime in 2015 until the date of her indictment on Sept. 19, the document says.
Methadone is an opioid that’s used as a pain reliever and to help people with an opioid addiction deal with withdrawals.
The arrest of Mendez came in an investigation of methadone being imported from Mexico to her home, a state narcotics official has said. MBN investigated the case with the help of several agencies, and Homeland Security Investigations took over the case.
The indictment and her arrest Jan. 23 by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics indicate Mendez was distributing methadone before and after that arrest.
MBN agents said they searched her residence at Caribbean in the Pass apartment homes on Jan. 23 and seized 400 doses of methadone with an estimated street value of $8,000 and more than $3,800 in alleged drug proceeds.
They arrested Mendez on a charge of possession with intent to distribute methadone. She was booked at the Harrison County jail and posted a $50,000 bond to leave jail the same day.
The next day, Jan. 24, Mendez had methadone to distribute again, the indictment says, and she also had methadone to distribute on Jan. 4 and Jan. 11.
Her federal indictment remained sealed until Oct. 10, when Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested Mendez and took her before a judge. She pleaded not guilty to a conspiracy charge and three counts of possession with intent to distribute methadone.
Mendez is disabled, according to her detention order, and is free on a $25,000 appearance bond.
She is set for trial on a court calendar that starts Dec. 4.