A sheriff’s deputy witnessed a Gautier man throwing heroin and other drugs out of his vehicle while his property was being raided by Drug Enforcement Administration agents. Almost three months later, he admitted to distributing heroin, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi announced Tuesday.
According to a release, Jermaine Antonio Newell, 32, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 or more grams of heroin. He’ll be sentenced by U.S. Judge Keith Starrett on April 17 and faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine.
On Nov. 15, DEA agents executed search warrants at properties in Gautier, Soso and Ellisville connected to Newell.
While executing one of the search warrants at a Soso location, a Jones County deputy witnessed Newell drive by in a van and later throw 951 grams of heroin, about $11,000 cash, marijuana, pills, cocaine and a digital scale out of his out his window as he was being pursued. Soon after he was stopped and arrested, admitting his plans to distribute the heroin, officials said.
The case was investigated by the DEA with assistance from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department. The case is being prosecuted by assistant U.S. Attorney Kathlyn R. Van Buskirk.