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Biloxi couple was hiding meth in a cracker box in their kitchen, agents say

Andrea Shelitia Sawyer and Terrence Bernard Williams
Andrea Shelitia Sawyer and Terrence Bernard Williams

Federal agents arrested a Biloxi couple and searched their home after learning the woman was selling someone six ounces of meth every two days, a court document says.

That’s about 34 doses of meth, considering five grams as an average dose, for $3,150 for each purchase, according to a Homeland Security Investigations agent’s affidavit.

An investigation led to the arrests of Andrea Shelitia Sawyer, 51, and Terrence Bernard Williams, 49, on Nov. 1 and a search of their townhouse on Benachi Avenue. Both are felons, the affidavit said.

Agents reported they found $11,741 in suspected drug proceeds in a syringe box, under a pillow in the living room and in a vase and in a bedroom. A stolen Rossi 38 Special revolver was in the kitchen closet. They also said they found about 42 grams of meth in a cracker box in the kitchen and about 308 grams of marijuana in a kitchen cabinet.

HSI and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents arrested Sawyer during an exchange of cash and meth in front of the Nike Factory Shop at Gulfport Premium Outlets, the agent said.

Sawyer, who said she worked for a check-cashing business in Gulfport, picked the place they were to meet, he said.

Biloxi Police Department and Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Williams as he left a medical office, and they searched the couple’s townhouse.

Their arrests came after a Border Enforcement Security Task Force agent in Mobile gave a tip that the couple was distributing meth in Biloxi, according to the affidavit.

A person identified as “a source of information” reportedly told agents that Sawyer “fronted” the source with six ounces of meth while the person paid for the last six ounces and picked up a new supply.

The source would put the money in a small, camouflage metal box and Sawyer put the meth in a black phone box, and they would exchange boxes when they met, the affidavit said. Agents gave the source marked money and had them under surveillance when they swapped boxes Nov. 1.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Gargiulo denied bonds for Sawyer and Williams after preliminary hearings in Gulfport on Monday.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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