Crime

Feds seize 'buckets' of meth in spring break drug bust

By WESLEY MULLER

wmuller@sunherald.com

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Chiquita Clelaine Acker
Chiquita Clelaine Acker

PEARLINGTON -- In an undercover narcotics operation connected to the spring break weekend Friday, federal agents seized three 5-gallon buckets of liquid methamphetamine during a raid of a Hancock County home and two pounds of crystal meth while foiling a drug deal at a Gulfport gas station.

As a result of the drug busts, agents arrested three people on federal charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of meth:

-- Roy "Red" Tatum, 40, of Palestine, Texas

-- Chiquita Clelaine Acker, 39, of Pearlington

-- Tosh "Bugga" Humphrey, 36, of Slidell

According to affidavits filed in U.S. District Court, agents with the Department of Homeland Security developed a confidential informant who told them about a large supply of meth "coming to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for the spring break weekend in Biloxi."

The informant helped agents set up an undercover drug buy with a man known as "Bugga," later identified as Tosh Humphrey. In a phone call, Humphrey told the informant that "Red," later identified as Roy Tatum, would be leaving Texas to meet Humphrey in Louisiana "with a large amount of methamphetamine," according to court records.

In a phone call, Humphrey told the informant he would be staying at Acker's house in Pearlington while waiting for Tatum to arrive with the shipment. On April 7, agents conducted surveillance on the home in Pearlington and saw a man standing next to a Lincoln MKZ. Agents matched the man to a photo of Humphrey found on Acker's Facebook profile, records state.

Later that night, Tatum contacted the informant after he arrived at the house. The two made plans for Acker to drop off three pounds of meth to the informant the next day, records state.

On Friday, agents said, they executed a search warrant at Acker's home. As they tried to enter the residence, someone inside began flushing the toilet. One of the agents broke the home's drainage pipe and collected the waste in several 5-gallon buckets.

"Items collected in the buckets were crack cocaine, marijuana and liquid," court records state. "Three five-gallon buckets of liquid was collected which tested positive for methamphetamine."

As the search warrant was being executed in Pearlington, agents contacted the Harrison County Sheriff's Office and told deputies that Acker was meeting the informant at the Flying J truck stop on Canal Road in Gulfport. Upon arriving, deputies spotted Acker's vehicle, arrested her and found two pounds of meth inside a shoe box in the trunk, the records said.

Tatum, Acker and Humphrey each are being held in the Hancock County jail. No bonds had been set as of Monday afternoon.

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