Crime

Pass Christian man arrested after $1 million in meth, heroin seized in Coast drug bust

A Pass Christian man caught with over 51 pounds of meth, two pounds of heroin, $30,000 in cash and a pistol at his home was getting the drugs from the owners of a trucking company, according to federal criminal complaint.

Aaron Whavers, 51, was arrested Tuesday following a search of his home on Firetower Road.

Authorities seized an additional 63 pounds of meth on a tractor tractor at Love’s Truck Stop on County Farm Road, which led to the arrests of Gerald Jones, 64, of Mobile, Alabama, and Sharard Collier, 43, of Inglewood, California.

A federal agent said a records search revealed that Jones and Collier are the owners of a trucking company called South Side Xpress, LLC.

The arrests followed an investigation that first began when authorities did a search of a Pascagoula home in August and found 12 pounds of meth. Whavers was identified as the drug supplier.

After further investigation, federal authorities identified Collier and later Jones as Whaver’s source of supply.

All three are being held without bond on a federal charge of conspiracy to distribute meth.

If convicted, all three are facing a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The arrests are the result of a joint investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force in Pascagoula, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Harrison County Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team, Harrison and Jackson County sheriff’s offices, South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team in Pascagoula and the U.S. Border Patrol.

Margaret Baker is an investigative reporter whose search for truth exposed corrupt sheriffs, a police chief and various jailers and led to the first prosecution of a federal hate crime for the murder of a transgendered person. She worked on the Sun Herald’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Hurricane Katrina team. When she pursues a big story, she is relentless.
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