Crime

He hid 2 pounds of pot under his bed in Gulfport, police say, but that’s not all cops found

Lyndell Marcel Pritchard
Lyndell Marcel Pritchard

Police found two pounds of marijuana under a man’s bed along with two semi-automatic weapons, a court document says.

Police allegedly found four more firearms in his bedroom at his home on North Street along with assorted ammunition and spent shell casings, and federal firearms agents joined the investigation.

Lyndell Marcel Pritchard, 29, is suspected of distributing marijuana and having firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, according to an Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent’s criminal complaint.

Text messages on Pritchard’s cell phone also indicate he was involved in drug transactions, U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Walker wrote in an order denying him bond.

Pritchard also tested positive for methadone and buprenorphine when federal marshals picked him up, Walker wrote.

Investigators with the Gulfport Police Department arrested Pritchard after searching his home Jan. 8 in his neighborhood off Cowan Road. North Street is about six blocks from the beach.

Under his bed, the agent said, were a Sig Sauer Mosquito .22-caliber revolver and an ITM Arms MK-99 .762 rifle.

The agent said police found these weapons, most easily concealable, elsewhere in his bedroom: a Beretta 23-A .22lr-caliber rifle, a 9mm handgun made in Germany, a Davis Industries P380 .380-caliber pistol, and an 8mm revolver.

Police arrested him on a charge of possession of marijuana. He spent the night at the Harrison County jail and was released on a $100,000 bond the next day, the jail docket shows.

Federal marshals arrested him Jan. 12 following an ATF investigation.

Pritchard is held pending a grand jury review.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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