Crime

Feds: Felon sold guns, offered samples of meth in Bay St. Louis

Russell Gene Clack
Russell Gene Clack

GULFPORT -- Federal agents said they used a "buy/bust" operation to arrest a felon who's been selling guns and offering his buyers a sample of crystal meth.

They arrested Russell Gene Clack, 34, of Bay St. Louis, after a brief pursuit April 19, a court document said.

Clack is held for a detention hearing set for May 12 in U.S. District Court.

He was suspected of distributing crystal meth in Bay St. Louis before the investigation began. He had been convicted of manufacturing meth in Shelby County, Tenn., on Oct. 11, 2011.

An undercover agent recently spoke with Clack by phone about guns for sale, and the agent went to Clack's home Feb. 3 to negotiate a deal in a "buy/walk" operation.

A "buy/walk" is an undercover technique of buying something from a suspect but letting the person go pending further investigation. The "buy/bust" comes later if information leads to probable cause for an arrest.

Federal agents said an undercover agent went to Clack's Sycamore Street home and Clack sold the agent two .38-caliber handguns for $400.

Clack also gave the agent a shard of crystal meth, known as ice, as a sample. Clack allegedly said he could come up with large amounts of ice on short notice.

The agent and Clack reportedly spoke by phone and text in February and March about the purchase of ice in 1-ounce packages.

The agent and a person identified as a confidential source negotiated with Clack about the purchase of two more handguns for $400, the complaint said. Clack described the firearms he had for sale.

Agents arranged a "buy/bust" in a meeting with Clack on April 19 at Ladner and Faith streets in Waveland.

He showed up in a 1996 Chevrolet Suburban to meet the confidential source, the complaint said. When Clack told the person the guns were in his SUV, agents moved in to arrest him and he fled. They arrested him after a brief pursuit.

Agents said they seized a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a 16-gauge sawed-off shotgun in his vehicle.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.

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