Crime

Feds expected to find pot in a delivered package, agent says. They were all surprised.

Demetrius Darnell Mason
Demetrius Darnell Mason

A man who picked up a package shortly after a FedEx driver delivered it at a home led narcotics agents on a pursuit and foot chase, throwing the package over a fence before he was caught, an affidavit says.

A DEA Task Force had been watching a St. Martin home, believing there were large quantities of marijuana there, an agent said in his sworn statement.

The package, found in a backyard, contained 2.1 pounds, or nearly 1 kilo, of meth, and a package found in a home had 1.2 pounds, or about a half kilo, of marijuana, the agent said.

The pursuit in the Jackson County community led to the arrest of Demetrius Darnell Mason, a 40-year-old being held with no bond.

He will be arraigned on an indictment Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, court records show.

The Drug Enforcement Administration in Gulfport had received information that several people were distributing high-grade hydroponic marijuana from a home on Oakland Drive in St. Martin, according to the affidavit.

Task Force agents were watching the home Nov. 29 when the driver of a FedEx van left a package in front of the house. A few minutes later, a car drove up and a man and woman got out of the vehicle. The woman picked up the package and took it in the house, the agent wrote.

Mason soon drove up in a gold Honda Accord and the woman came out and put the package in the trunk of his car, the agent said.

Mason reportedly ran a stop sign as he drove off while an unmarked car followed him, and he sped onto Waycross Drive abruptly and turned north onto Lexington Drive.

An officer turned on his emergency lights and Mason drove his car into the backyard of a home on Lexington Drive, got out and grabbed the package out of the trunk and ran, the agent said.

Mason ran north, he said, and tossed the package over a fence into the back yard of a home, and ran a bit longer before officers grabbed him.

Mason has been in custody with no bond since his arrest.

Tuyen Ngoc Le, the woman who had handed him the package, told investigators she knew Mason only as “Luck,” and said she had told him she didn’t want any more packages delivered to her home, the affidavit said.

Le, the agent said, told investigators that her brothers, her boyfriend and her 17-year-old daughter live with her.

The package agents retrieved from a yard contained a bubble-wrapped Tupperware container with a heat-sealed bag of crystal meth wrapped in aluminum foil, the agent said.

A package found in Le’s home contained high-grade marijuana, he said.

A federal grand jury indicted Mason and Le on Dec. 13. They each face charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute meth.

Le also is set for a court appearance on Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear Monday if Le has been arrested.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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