GULFPORT -- A Pass Christian man has been arrested on a federal drug charge after 22 pounds of the purest form of meth, known as ice, was found at his home, according to court records.
Robert Grady Necaise, 42, was taken into custody in a traffic stop in Harrison County on a charge of possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of meth.
However, an investigation began months before, when Drug Enforcement Administration agents received tips about Necaise's alleged involvement in the meth trade.
On Oct. 21, records say, a confidential informant called a source and ordered a pound of meth, which a supplier delivered the same day. That supplier told the informant there was an "unlimited" amount of meth available to him to sell.
DEA agents later questioned the man who supplied the meth and learned Necaise was the man who allegedly had meth at his disposal to sell.
DEA agents searched Necaise's home Oct. 22, seizing 22 pounds of ice, $24,000 in cash and an AR-15 assault rifle that was in his master bedroom.
Necaise was charged March 12, the same day a Harrison County deputy stopped him for careless driving and during a K-9 search found 10 ounces of ice, a large amount of cash and a .48-caliber pistol in his pickup truck.
He has been denied bond pending trial.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker said in his order denying bond Necaise had not worked since October, last used meth the day before his arrest and had been convicted of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. In that case, he was sentenced to 15 years, with 14 years suspended and one year to serve.
He is being held pending grand jury review of the case for an indictment. He's jailed in Stone County without bond.