Crime

A major meth supplier on the Mississippi Coast won’t be dealing drugs anymore

Arnulfo Garza Gonzalez
Arnulfo Garza Gonzalez

A Texas man who supplied meth to the Mississippi Coast also helped traffic cocaine and marijuana — until a search of a Gulfport home.

The search led to meth he had sent to Mississippi, and lab tests showed it was 90-percent pure, federal officials said. The purity level means it was crystal meth, also known as ice.

Arnulfo Garza “Peaty” Gonzalez, 41, of Houston, got away with it from sometime in 2016 through August 2017, and allegedly trafficked drugs from Texas to Mississippi with at least three other people, according to the DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The location of the Gulfport home is not shown in court records.

Gonzalez had violated a protection order and was being held on a pending charge of evading arrest when he was indicted on the federal charges in Gulfport in August. He was being held at the Harris County jail in Houston, court papers show.

Gonzalez was brought to Gulfport on Oct. 17. He pleaded guilty Nov. 6 to a drug trafficking conspiracy involving more than 50 grams of crystal meth, more than 500 grams of cocaine and more than 100 kilos of marijuana.

Gulfport Police Chief announces a drug bust of 109 pounds of marijuana intended for sale this weekend.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced him Thursday to 18 years and seven months in prison and fined him $3,000.

He faced 10 years to life in prison.

Prosecution is pending for two co-defendants. They are Juan Luis “Flaco” Cantu and Tumbra Brown.

The DEA investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathlyn R. Van Buskirk.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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