Crime

Jackson County drug dealer wants evidence suppressed at new trial

GULFPORT -- A drug dealer facing a new trial wants an independent expert to reweigh cocaine and crack cocaine allegedly seized in drug sales.

Dwan Williams, 34, also wants a judge to suppress evidence collected after his arrest -- a stolen Glock pistol and 12 cookies of crack, records in federal court show.

Williams is accused in the sale of 231.6 grams of cocaine and 101.8 grams of crack in Jackson County between July 22, 2012, and Sept. 27, 2013, according to a motion filed by his attorney. Weights recorded in field tests show slightly larger amounts.

The differences "call for increased scrutiny" and could have "a substantial impact" if Williams should be sentenced, his attorney wrote.

A prosecutor has agreed to find out the procedure for removing evidence for an independent review.

Both motions will be discussed at a pretrial conference Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

A federal grand jury indicted Williams on April 9, 2014, on eight counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Authorities a few months ago received information that he had been staying at his mother's apartment on Hospital Road in Pascagoula. The FBI Safe Streets Task Force, South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office came up with a plan to arrest him.

Agents reported they found him sitting in his mother's vehicle at her apartment building Feb. 25 and he tried to flee. They said they found a plastic bag with white powder next to the vehicle.

Williams had a key to his mother's apartment, so agents went to the apartment to talk with his mother, the statement said. Agents said they smelled marijuana coming from the residence, knocked several times to no avail and obtained a search warrant.

Agents seized a Glock .45-caliber pistol, a magazine with ammunition and a shoe box holding drugs and paraphernalia, a court paper said.

Williams' attorney claims the search was unlawful.

It was not unlawful, a prosecutor wrote in response.

Williams is held with no bond. A detention order said he hasn't been employed for two years. He was convicted of possession of cocaine in 1998 and convicted of conspiracy to possess crack cocaine with intent to distribute in 2001.

His probation on the latter conviction was revoked twice.

He was last released from prison May 2, 2011, Bureau of Prisons records show.

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