Crime

Search of Gulfport home leads to meth, fugitive arrests

By WESLEY MULLER

wmuller@sunherald.com

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Jack Phillip Stratz
Jack Phillip Stratz

GULFPORT -- Harrison County sheriff's deputies arrested two men Wednesday on fugitive and drug charges while executing a search warrant at a home in Gulfport.

Randall Shelton Pope, 33, of Pass Christian, faces a charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Jack Phillip Stratz, 41, of Gulfport, was arrested on a fugitive warrant through the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He is accused of violating probation stemming from an original charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said investigators and narcotics agents executed a search warrant in the 4800 block of 30th ½ Street and located Stratz and Pope inside the residence.

Pope had methamphetamine packaged for distribution in his pocket, along with digital scales and the prescription medication alprazolam, Peterson said.

While there, investigators learned Stratz was wanted on an MDOC warrant.

Pope is held at the Harrison County jail in lieu of $10,500 bond set by Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain. Stratz is held at the Harrison County jail without bond pending a probation revocation hearing through circuit court.

The warrant was executed in cooperation with the Gulfport Police Department in reference to their recent initiative to crack down on petty crimes.

The Gulfport Police Department's initiative of tackling the city's "criminal subculture," Sgt. Damon McDaniel said, netted 13 arrests on Wednesday.

McDaniel said officers served eight search warrants, making five arrests on felony drug charges, one arrest on a felony probation charge and seven misdemeanor arrests.

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