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A drug dealer called ‘Big Head’ faces steep penalties for what he brought to the Coast

Jose Luis "Big Head" Chavez
Jose Luis "Big Head" Chavez

A man nicknamed “Big Head” is facing a lengthy jail sentence and large fine after appearing in court Thursday.

Jose Luis Chavez, 47, of Edinburg, Texas, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine, 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and 100 grams or more of heroin, U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and DEA Special Agent Stephen G. Azzam said in a release.

According to officials, an arrest made in Gulfport in March sparked the investigation that led to Chavez’s arrest. Through people who were described as confidential sources, agents learned Chavez was a major supplier of cocaine, marijuana, meth and heroin along South Mississippi, according to the release.

Chavez was also said to conspire with at least three other people to traffic drugs from Texas to Mississippi, officials said in the release.

Corroborating the information from the confidential sources, Chavez was later arrested in Texas and brought to Mississippi for prosecution.

Chavez is set to be sentenced May 17 by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine.

The case was investigated by the DEA and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathlyn R. Van Buskirk prosecuted the case.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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